Storm leaves behind damage in Cumberland Gap

Storm leaves behind damage in Cumberland Gap

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Most of the damage was trees and power lines down, but a few homes, like Davin Miller's sustained more severe damage. Most of the damage was trees and power lines down, but a few homes, like Davin Miller's sustained more severe damage.
"In about two minutes, the rain hit the house and a couple tree limbs hit the house I guess. I don't know. The next thing we know, it sounded like a train come through the house," said Davin Miller. "In about two minutes, the rain hit the house and a couple tree limbs hit the house I guess. I don't know. The next thing we know, it sounded like a train come through the house," said Davin Miller.
All over Cumberland Gap Thursday, they are clearing trees and patching roofs. (source: Pat Anstett) All over Cumberland Gap Thursday, they are clearing trees and patching roofs. (source: Pat Anstett)
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

CUMBERLAND GAP (WATE) - Residents in parts of East Tennessee may not even know it stormed last night, but if you head to Claiborne County, there's no question. Lots of downed trees were reported on homes, cars and power lines there, especially in the Cumberland Gap area.

Now comes the cleanup.

"In about two minutes, the rain hit the house and a couple tree limbs hit the house I guess. I don't know. The next thing we know, it sounded like a train come through the house," said Davin Miller.

All over Cumberland Gap Thursday, they are clearing trees and patching roofs. Miller and his girlfriend were home when the storm hit last night about 11:00.
They took shelter in their basement.

Most of the damage was trees and power lines down, but a few homes, like Miller's sustained more severe damage.

"It wasn't scary at the time. It was more scary after it was over with and I seen what had happened to us," he said.

When daylight hit, cleanup began. Cumberland Gap Mayor Bill McGafee says he's never seen a storm here leave this much destruction in its path

"I've been here 42 years and I've never seen it that way," said the mayor. "It's something else."

Everyone in Cumberland Gap agrees they are lucky no one was hurt.

"Two shifts in the wind that could have been us that got hit instead of the cars," said Miller.

Mayor McGafee told 6 News that because a lot of their phones are still down due to the storm, if you have any reports of damage to call the dispatch number at 423-626-3121.
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