Busy morning for clean-up crews after overnight storm scatters trees, debris

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A night of high winds sent trees and debris flying across roadways.

Knox County officials said they got about 30 calls reporting damage Friday, starting around 3 a.m.

"We started out with our on-call crew last night and of course others were dispatched out this morning. so basically we had all seven districts out doing tree work," Highway Maintenance director Brian Hubbs said.

Workers got the situation under control and most of the roads cleared by mid-morning, he said.

Which is right about the time people started to wake up - and see the destruction in their own yards.

Thomas Tupper, Lowe's Home Improvement associate, said Friday was a busy day.

"People buying some tarps," he said. "I'm sure we have some tree limbs come down on roofs and poke holes in them."

Other items flying off the shelves were rakes, trash bags and buckets - typical clean-up supplies.

"They've been mostly mission customers," he said. "On a mission, going straight for the tarps. We are on top of it this time, we do have plenty of tarps in the store. Sometimes when we have a big storm we get wiped out on tarps."

Hubbs said while they did see damage, it wasn't as bad as they were expecting.

"We did respond very quickly, and it's just kinda everyday work for us," he said.

And while temperatures have been warm lately, Tupper said some customers are still buying winter weather supplies - just in case we have another snow storm.


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