A series of storms that left widespread damage over the past week in the Lakeway Area are moving out of the area and good weather is expected the rest of the week, the National Weather Service said.
“Yesterday was the last day,” said Sam Roberts, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “Thank goodness.”
The last of the storms came through the area around 6 Monday night.
During that storm, a tornado warning was issued for Grainger, Claiborne and Union counties, Roberts said. But, he said there was no confirmation of a funnel cloud in the area.
Most of the damage that occurred Monday afternoon involved falling trees reported in Grainger, Claiborne and Hancock counties.
The storm comes at the tail end of several storms that rolled through the area this past week with Cocke and Jefferson counties getting hit the hardest twice.
The first storms came through those counties last Monday and left more than 2,000 people in both counties without power.
On Saturday, a storm came through, leaving even more damage.
Appalachian Electric Cooperative stated in a press release it had more than 10,000 people lose power during the storm and Newport Utilities reported it had more than 5,500 customers lose power.
At one point, officials said U.S. Highway 11E in New Market was closed due to power lines being blown down into the roadway.
“This was one of the most severe storms we’ve had in quite some time,” said Joe McCarter, vice president of Engineering and Operations for AEC. “Our crews and contracted employees responded quickly and efficiently to begin the restoration process.To replace that many poles and clear so many trees, our folks worked diligently and safely throughout the weekend, to get our members back on.”
AEC said they had power restored to all 10,000 customers by Sunday night.
Roberts said the rest of the week will be clear. Tuesday the temperature is expected to be clear with clouds moving out by the mid-afternoon. Wednesday calls for being in the mid-80s and by the end of the week it will be in the upper 80s and sunny, Roberts said.
There could be rain next week, but he said that will be in the higher elevations and the usual summer showers that come through the mountainous areas.
“It’s going to be a quiet week compared to last week,” Roberts said.