Thousands still without power after brutal Cumberland County ice storm

Tailor's Chapel Road in Crossville, TN, by Kimberly Pappas‎.
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CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tens of thousands are still without power in Cumberland County after a brutal ice storm hit overnight Friday into Saturday.

Trees, limbs and power lines are down across the county.

It's a storm not many were expecting.

Crossville resident Tim West says he knew they were going to get some snow. But he wasn't prepared for the inch of ice that came down.

"It caught us off guard, we didn't expect it to be this bad," he says.

By mid-morning Saturday, as many as 35,000 people in the county were without power.

"You hear trees breaking all the time. I've got four maples in the back that are just completely leveled. Several trees in the background's been breaking, you keep hearing them pop," West said.

I-40 west was shut down just past Crossville until mid-afternoon.

Nancy Lewis says it took her half an hour to get out her driveway.

"Massive destruction. There are trees down everywhere. The roads are covered in ice," she said.

The Sheriff's Office says they've sent emergency crews out to scout the hardest hit location to pass on to utility workers; for now, emergency crews are only responding to life or death situations.

Pam Jones and her husband faced a difficult journey trying to find a generator and groceries.

"I've got enough to get me through two or three weeks," she says.

But they were one of about a dozen cars waiting in line to get gas at the Exxon on West Avenue. It was fifth gas station they'd been to.

"We went to Kroger, Food City, Walmart was closed, now we're in line here, hoping they don't run out."

West has a fire place to stay warm, but he's going to check on his neighbors. He can't remember a storm quite this bad.

"But you just gotta grin and bear it. You just gotta go with the punches. Nothing you can do about it," he says.

The Red Cross has a shelter and warming station open at First Christian Church at 111 East First Street

Volunteer Energy Cooperative says it could be a few days before everyone gets power back on.