Heavy rain makes for a messy morning commute in Knoxville

Heavy rain makes for a messy morning commute in Knoxville

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Wet roads led to this accident on Cedar Bluff near I-40. Wet roads led to this accident on Cedar Bluff near I-40.
"Everybody's scared," said commuter Tiffany Hill. "Everybody's afraid of running into each other or possibly the hydroplaning and can't stop quick enough." "Everybody's scared," said commuter Tiffany Hill. "Everybody's afraid of running into each other or possibly the hydroplaning and can't stop quick enough."
The heavy rain also closed several flood-prone side streets, forcing drivers to find alternate routes. The heavy rain also closed several flood-prone side streets, forcing drivers to find alternate routes.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - No matter where you drove Tuesday morning, you likely ran into at least some rain. It fell throughout the morning commute putting many drivers on edge.

"Everybody's scared," said commuter Tiffany Hill. "Everybody's afraid of running into each other or possibly the hydroplaning and can't stop quick enough."

That's exactly what happened in many locations, causing even more back-ups like one on Cedar Bluff near the I-40 interchange.

The heavy rain also closed several flood-prone side streets, forcing drivers to find alternate routes.

In many locations, ditches overflowed into the streets making it hard for some cars to get through.   

But not all drivers saw problems.

"I left a little after eight and the rain had kind of died down," said Tom McMahan. "It was plenty wet and slow, but actually not very bad. Didn't see any flooding."

But with several more inches of rain in the forecast, that could change quickly. So as you head out to the roads on Tuesday evening, you may want to keep a few things in mind.

"Leave early," said Hill. "Take your time. Be careful."

"Stay slow," added McMahan. "Don't get in a hurry. That's when you get in trouble."     

And if you don't have a reason to go out, it may be best to simply stay home.

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