Pleasant Hill Elementary in Cumberland County sustains storm damage; schools closed Friday

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Fairfield Glade police are reporting a tornado touchdown near Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Pleasant Hill, west of Crossville.

According to Cumberland County Schools, at approximately 3:17 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, April 8, emergency crews were dispatched to the area of Pleasant Hill Elementary for severe weather.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that only minor injuries were sustained and no one was transported due to injury,” a statement from the schools said. “Pleasant Hill Elementary, Fletcher House, and the Community House did sustain some damage while the area continues to be assessed.

“All students and faculty are accounted for.”

One woman whose children were at school during the severe weather praised school staff.

“Our kids are lucky to have the staff and teachers! The bus drivers were amazing trying to make sure our kids were safe. My kids are torn up, scared, and exhibiting trauma symptoms but I can’t imagine how they would feel if the staff, teachers, and bus drivers were not as amazing as they are! The kids were on the bus when it happened. My son helped get kids off the bus and both my kids lent out their phones so kids could call home. My daughters teacher has already reached out to check on her.”

Jessica Bolin-Edwards

Cumberland County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 9, as a result of the storms and the continuing assessment of damages.

Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency requests that everyone avoid the area to allow emergency personnel to continue their work.

The storm is traveling northeast.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Fentress County that expired at 5:45 p.m. Central Time.

A tornado warning for Scott, Campbell and Claiborne Counties is set to expire at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been either spotted by a human observer or indicated by doppler radar. People in the area of the warning should seek shelter.

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