Residents prepare for storm: wind, rain, snow, ice possible
Residents in Johnson County, Tennessee spent Wednesday preparing for a storm that was expected to bring high winds.
While this winter storm isn't expected to produce tornadoes here, victims of last year's tornadoes are still worried about what could happen. "We never really had bad weather before and then tornadoes came through Mountain City and that was a big shock and it devastated a lot of people," said Shanda Henderson, a Food Country employee.
Mountain City was under a sky of fast moving, dark cloud on Wednesday. "Last year when the tornadoes came, we got hit at our house and after that it didn't go so well," said Amy Cardwell, a Food Country customer. That's why she and others spent the day stocking up on the essentials for the storm. "Milk, bread, eggs," she said.
Jason Blevins with the Johnson County Department of Emergency Management said residents should have a plan in place for this front of severe weather because it could be a mixed bag. "We don't know if it's going to be rain, freezing rain or snow," he said. Blevins said one of his biggest concerns for this storm is the wind because the trees are already vulnerable. "With the wind coming in and shaking the trees around, with the ground being as wet as it is, that's our first concern."
Power crews are on standby for outages and downed wires. "I hate the dark so we got candles to prepare for that," added Cardwell. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said if you don't have to be on the roads when there's snow or ice, stay inside so state, county and power crews can handle the roads and electrical wires. "If you've got to be out traveling, have an emergency kit with the essentials in case you get stranded in your car," said Blevins.
TDOT said they will also have road crews on stand-by in every county Wednesday night.
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