Storm blows factory roof onto tracks

Cliff Hightower/Citizen Tribune

Pieces of an old factory roof blew onto the railroad tracks near East Main Street in Morristown Wednesday.

A strong storm blew through Hamblen County Wednesday night, blowing the roof off an old factory onto train tracks, and forecasters say the outlook could be rainy again for the next two nights.

The storm blew the roof off the old Quality Craft Building on Trade Street, just off Main Street, in the vicinity of Food City.

Brian Shepard, assistant chief of the Morristown Fire Department, said it also took down some power lines in the area.

“Quite a bit of the roof blew off and went on the track,” he said.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. as a small storm roared through the area. Several traffic lights also went out around the area for several minutes.

Shepard said the railroad was called about the incident and rail traffic was halted. By Thursday morning, the debris on the tracks had been cleaned up.

“There were multiple issues due to lightning,” Shepard said.

Tim Doyle, meteorologist for the National Weather Service-Morristown, said there could be more storms the next two days.

The possibility of rain comes as Hamblen County schools holds graduations for East High School and West High School tonight and Friday night at 8 p.m.

Doyle said for both nights there is a probability of rain.

“It could be wet,” he said.