A powerful storm moved through the area Saturday around 1 p.m., causing significant damage and slamming Hardin County west of the Tennessee River and Adamsville particularly hard, according to Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.
Savannah also has some damage. All told, around 25 structures are believed to have been damaged in Hardin County, including River Heights Restaurant and a monument business on U.S. 64 in Crump.
Martin said the damage stretches from the state line north to Saltillo, with “hundreds of trees down” and power lines torn from poles.
“I think most of the west side of the river is out of power,” Martin said, with outages also affecting Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative’s service area on the east side of the Tennessee. “I know there’s trees down on just about every road in the Crump-Morris Chapel area.”
However, no injuries have been reported in Hardin County. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect when the high winds struck, he said.
Martin said it appears the damage was caused by straight-line winds because there was “not any rotation” showing on the radar.
He’s urging residents to stay off the roads, and expects main highways at least to be passable by dark.