Storms rolled through Grundy County Monday night with possible tornadic activity in Pelham, Altamont, and Gruetli-Laager. Straight-line winds caused damage including falling limbs and downed power lines throughout much of the county.
Power was interrupted over large areas and some residents can expect extended outages. Mike Partin, CEO of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, stated that crews would focus on main lines and then work on residential taps.
“Please be patient and know that we are working as fast as humanly possible,” said Partin, warning people to stay away from downed power lines.
At 3 a.m., SVEC reported 7,800 members without power in their service area. They stated at the time that a tree was down on a three-phase line near Highway 41 in Pelham. At press time, Grundy County had 42.49 percent or 3,313 members without power.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office was diligently monitoring roads during and after the storm passed through. At press time, they noted the following road conditions:
• Colony Road closed
• Highway 399 from Stagecoach Road to the Sequatchie County line closed
Other roads in the county have suffered damage and are covered with debris. GCSO says no injuries have been reported.
The National Weather Service says a home in Burrows Cove, Pelham, had its roof ripped off and numerous power poles were snapped in the area. The service also reports numerous lines down in Altamont, all from a possible tornado.