An afternoon summer thunderstorm swept across Cumberland County Tuesday afternoon, leaving hundreds without power and damaging one industry's warehouse building.
The storm hit about mid-afternoon and, according to widespread reports, the only section of the county to escape power interruptions or trees blocking the road was the eastern side. Despite the widespread damage, no injuries were reported.
"Our outages peaked by 6:20 p.m., with about 825 folks in Cumberland County losing power," Volunteer Energy Co-op spokesman Robert McCarty said. By noon on Wednesday, all service had been restored with the exception of one customer.
"Our crews worked nonstop throughout the night to restore service to our customers," McCarty continued. "I am not sure about the specifics of the one customer, but it may be a case of damage down to the residence that is requiring repairs before service can safely be restored."
Royal Oak, the charcoal plant in Mayland, suffered direct wind damage that seriously damaged a western wall at the facility's warehouse off Hwy. 70 N. Nearby, trees fell into power lines, causing outages in that area.
The Cumberland County Road Department had crews dispatched in all directions, clearing downed trees that were blocking roads. The worst hit areas appeared to be in the Mayland and Pleasant Hill areas, although damage was reported in a dozen communities in the county.
Cumberland County Fire Department also had crews dispatched in several directions, assisting in clearing roads and standing by in instances where power lines were down and posed danger to the public.
In the city, Prentice St. was closed for almost a day as city crews replaced damage to the street.
Crossville meteorologist Steve Norris said the storm delivered less than an inch of rain despite a heavy downpour for several minutes. Wind gusts in some areas were recorded by radar at 60 mph, which accounted for the large number of trees that fell during the storm.