Last week conditions were hot and dry, and many were hoping for rain. But after storms blew through Thursday afternoon, the saying "Be careful what you wish for," seems to hold some truth.
The journey started on Interstate 81, dark clouds were proof a storm was brewing the farther north you drove. News 5's first stop was in Marion where there was spot flooding throughout Smyth County.
One home had a flooded driveway on Scratch Gravel Road. Farther down, News 5 stumbled on a tree that fell right on top of a power line. Smoke was just starting to billow and flames were starting to spark, so we called 911.
But those weren't the only concerns in Smyth County. "The other dangerous situation we had was the train tracks blocked. The railroad arms came down and stayed down because of power outages," said Ken Heath with the Town of Marion.
News 5 learned crews were hard at working fixing problems throughout Smyth County. Back on Interstate 81, crews were working tirelessly on Bobby Hicks Highway fixing power lines. One driver, Jerry Smith, was heading home from North Carolina and had a case of bad luck or bad timing. "I was going to get some gas but the gas station has no power," he said.
Actually, half of the businesses didn't have power. Next, News 5 made their way to Carter County and stumbled upon the headache Gail Branch was facing. She says luckily she wasn't home when the storm blew through, "When I came around the corner and coming down the hill and I couldn't believe it. I thought where is my car port?"
And it's a big car port that's caused a bit of damage to the side of her house and storm drains. "It's just an act of God. I could have been hurt, the house could have been worse, things are replaceable," Branch said.
That wasn't the only damage in Carter County, traveling down Cripple Creek Loop people were cutting fallen branches and moving debris out of their driveway and some of that brush was scattering throughout the street.