Heavy rain and lighting inundated the Morristown area Saturday night, causing some flooding and damage.
The National Weather Service in Morristown reported a strong thunderstorm developed through the region Saturday night, causing a few road closures. Lightning and strong winds were reported, but no significant power outages were reported.
“We had a few isolated outages on Saturday night due to lightning but nothing significant,” Morristown Utility Systems General Manager Jody Wigington said.
“We definitely had some storms pass through. We did get about 1.5 inches of rain on Saturday,” NWS meteorologist Mary Black said.
More rain is expected to come to the area during the week. The remnants of Hurricane Barry, which made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Saturday, and caused heavy flooding in Louisiana and Arkansas, is heading toward Tennessee. A 60 to 80 chance of precipitation is expected to hit eastern Tennessee around Wednesday as moisture from the storm is being pulled into the affected areas.
This will lead to scattered thunderstorms that produce heavy rainfall rates and the potential for localized flash flooding. Anywhere from a half-an-inch to an inch of rain in the Morristown area. Other areas could see heavier rain and localized flooding from what is now Tropical Depression Barry.
Wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour are also expected midweek along with high humidity levels of around 60% could increase the chance of more thunderstorms moving through the region.
“We are in anticipation of rain for East Tennessee,” Black said. “Wednesday is the best chance for that rain.”
As a Category 1 hurricane, Barry has already caused over 50,000 power outages in Louisiana, and dumped more than 14 inches of rain outside of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Downed trees due to soggy ground and heavy rainfall affected southern Mississippi as the slow-moving system crept through the areas.
Much of the Gulf Coast is still under flash flood warnings, along with western Tennessee, eastern Texas, parts of Arkansas and the southeastern corner of Missouri. Some areas are expected to receive at least 25 more inches of rain over the next two days.