Commentary – Remembering the April 27th, 2011 Storms,

Two years ago today, the southeast suffered a severe outbreak of tornadic weather. I remember the day well because we had been hearing the prior few days that the outbreak was going to be significant. I scheduled the office to close at noon that day because all the indications were that the storms would not reach us until the afternoon. It became clear as I drove into the office that morning with lightning flashing in the distance and the warnings already being issued to our west that the storms would be developing quicker than we expected.

We had strong storms and heavy rain beginning at about 8:30 that morning and by 10:00 am it was clear that everyone needed to be home. The storms continued throughout the day and into the evening with warning after warning of the possibility of tornados. I remembered thinking at 9:00 pm, after watching all of the devastation in Alabama, North Georgia and the counties to our east up the I-75 corridor that the worst was over.  At about 11:00 pm my phone rang. The caller said that Spring City had been hit by a tornado and that there was significant damage down town.  The ride into the office that night was the longest 15 minutes I can remember. As I drove south on Hwy 27 into town I was struck by the contrast of the east side of the highway being lit up and the west side of the highway completely dark except for the flashing lights of the emergency vehicles.

We were fortunate, that night, the office was not damaged and none of our staff or agents sustained any major damage at their homes. Others were not as fortunate. Approximately 20 homes just to the west of highway 27 were damaged or destroyed but thankfully there were no serious injuries. Just to our south, on Dayton Mountain a small community was severely damaged and unfortunately four people were killed.

Since that day, the area has been spared any real significant storm damage, and the community came together to rebuild and assist those who were effected. I hope that trend continues.

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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