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April 12 Severe Threat

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I get off at exit 4 or sometimes 5 (Shallowford/75) whenever I go to my brothers house.  Seems to be a lot of businesses in that area vs a lot of housing. But I'm sure there were lots of homes hit as well. 
John, this neighborhood is roughly 1 or 2 miles from the exit. Probably 1 mile as the crow flies. It's pretty bad.


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I was finally able to make it over to my rental property. Somehow it is the only house on the street without significant roof damage. Only an aluminum deck awning was torn off. In worse news, all of the fences collapsed and every single tree is knocked over. The main path of the tornado missed the house by about 100 yards. The entire landscape behind the house has been changed. It was jaw dropping. 

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I was finally able to make it over to my rental property. Somehow it is the only house on the street without significant roof damage. Only an aluminum deck awning was torn off. In worse news, all of the fences collapsed and every single tree is knocked over. The main path of the tornado missed the house by about 100 yards. The entire landscape behind the house has been changed. It was jaw dropping. 
Check what I posted on the other Forum regarding your food. We can make room in our garage freezer if you still have frozen food that can be salvaged. We live in Ooltewah a little over 1 mile from the exit.

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Coming from someone who has lived in East Brainerd for 31 years, this is heartbreaking. This thing could not have hit in a worse spot to maximize damage to homes. This area is essentially 100% developed with very little vacant property. A large number of homes are damaged beyond repair. Not just smaller homes either. There were several 7 figure neighborhoods in the path. The area around and just behind my rental house has been decimated. Most of these homes are solidly middle class and would list for 150-200k. This is an economic group that does not need added expenses during the virus shutdown. The width of the path is the most shocking thing to me. This track is far wider than anything we saw in this area during the super outbreak. 

 

EDIT: We have a official estimate of 12,000 properties damaged in East Brainerd from this storm. I'd wager that this is at least half of the total number of properties in the zip code.

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Coming from someone who has lived in East Brainerd for 31 years, this is heartbreaking. This thing could not have hit in a worse spot to maximize damage to homes. This area is essentially 100% developed with very little vacant property. A large number of homes are damaged beyond repair. Not just smaller homes either. There were several 7 figure neighborhoods in the path. The area around and just behind my rental house has been decimated. Most of these homes are solidly middle class and would list for 150-200k. This is an economic group that does not need added expenses during the virus shutdown. The width of the path is the most shocking thing to me. This track is far wider than anything we saw in this area during the super outbreak. 

 

EDIT: We have a official estimate of 12,000 properties damaged in East Brainerd from this storm. I'd wager that this is at least half of the total number of properties in the zip code.

 

I’ve heard for someone that lives in the area but not weather educated that the damage width could be close to a mile. After watching the video, I’m not sure how some of that damage wasn’t EF4. A couple of those houses were wiped clean with little debris around those lots.

 

 

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2 hours ago, dwagner88 said:

Coming from someone who has lived in East Brainerd for 31 years, this is heartbreaking. This thing could not have hit in a worse spot to maximize damage to homes. This area is essentially 100% developed with very little vacant property. A large number of homes are damaged beyond repair. Not just smaller homes either. There were several 7 figure neighborhoods in the path. The area around and just behind my rental house has been decimated. Most of these homes are solidly middle class and would list for 150-200k. This is an economic group that does not need added expenses during the virus shutdown. The width of the path is the most shocking thing to me. This track is far wider than anything we saw in this area during the super outbreak. 

 

EDIT: We have a official estimate of 12,000 properties damaged in East Brainerd from this storm. I'd wager that this is at least half of the total number of properties in the zip code.

That is terrifying.  I can't imagine dealing with that right now.

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I lived in Holly Hills for 12 years (sold my house in 2014). My kids grew up in that neighborhood. Most of the neighbors I knew are still there. The pictures are mind boggling. My former neighbor's house had the entire main floor taken off...There are tons of trees in that part of the neighborhood which only added to the destruction. I am thankful that no one I know was killed...my former neighbor believes if it had been two hours later and he had been asleep that he probably would not have survived as his bedroom is gone. First pic is his house; that used to be the front porch...we were at the top of a hill in the subdivision. Somehow my old house had just superficial damage. The house down at the bottom of the hill just a few hundred yards away was also unroofed and hammered by trees.  

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I know my wife and I were VERY lucky. Our home is in Ooltewah and if the tornado had been 1 mile or so left we would have been hit hard. The circled path shown is from News Channel 9. I'm no editing specialist but our house is roughly where I put the white dot. We were on the fringe of getting it bad. Other people were not so lucky.271b392da50ad22badbc4238944c3303.jpg&key=6d931a1dbc05ae94d302bd880648d6aa310459e54785db240aa47542be3e7a65

 

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These may not show up well, but sure can see the Chattanooga Tornado damage path on MODIS Satellite

Before (Saturday the 10th)

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After (15th)

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My understanding is some of that area has not been surveyed by NWS. I don't believe in guess the EF rating games, but I'd say the preliminary survey is pending further review. 

On 4/14/2020 at 12:37 AM, Windspeed said:

Drone footage of the damage in East Chattanooga:

Of course we are safe. Got power and Internet back probably about the same time as DWagner - when the EB Rd line was rebuilt and restored. However several friends lost homes. Many friends had minor damage. Thankfully nobody hurt. However I'm heartbroken for the family of the 4-year old who succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

Notes: 11:03 pm severe t-storm warning. Hoping rotation dies down, but it increases. 11:17 pm tornado warning radar indicated for here. Take shelter with helmets. Wind is loud behind weather radio walkie-talkie. Radar does not update, no Internet. Power goes out, likely as tornado crosses EB road 1.25 mils to my west. 11:24? Tornado Emergency Collegedale and Ootelwah (northeast of me) as the CC drops to bright blue on radar (I saw later). Winds actually diminish here.

Two days later: Lovely orange (in fall) tree is decimated over East Brainerd EB Rd. Bones is a pile of twisted rubble, but not blown away – though a menu is in Cleveland. Several power trucks are working the EB line - rebuilding poles and putting up lines. Episcopal Crucifix stands proudly and defiantly! Small church on Shallowford Rd roof pancaked on downstairs. Shalloword trees are stripped bare. Power lines droop on Banks Rd. Help friends clean-up, document small and large debris. Some 2x4s in the next block. Their block is mainly small (size of hand) pieces of roof, insulation stuck to sides, and some glass in the yard. Screwdriver is from next block neighbor’s tool box. Truck dumps big debris down the street. Next ridge (area closed) is damaged houses as far as the eye can see. Jenkins Rd feels like a prairie country road where police block it; however, I forgot it was a tree-lined residential area.

That's all I have for now. Thankfully Sunday looks Deep South. I'm not particularly interested anyway.

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Glad yall finally got your power back,plus yall are safe.

Looks kinda of messy towards next weekend but the Euro today has a LP once again towards Delta Friday afternoon with the system going -ve tilt into the lower Ms/Valley which should slow the system down.Euro shows once again some possibly strong inversion with TT's 54-56 in the Mid Valley but not as strong with the cap in the east.It still is messy until we figure out what the storm will do before a couple days

 

 

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FFC’s survey will result in the path length for the East Brainerd EF3 being revised to 20 miles. My tenants in Ranch Hills have no power still. CPD and HCSO are severely limiting access to that area. Some horrible people were caught posing as officials and looting. 

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Just as well the area is off-limits. Friends and neighbors did a lot of volunteer work and clean-up last week. Now it's shifted to insurance and contractors. I helped on the edge, never really got into the core Gray/Jenkins damage. Saturday I think EPB was re-hanging some lines; so, it was closed. I'm angry and heart-broken to learn of looting. 

Stick to the positive. Help where we can. Though yard debris clean-up is wrapping up, still many weeks where volunteers and restoration crews can use food and water. YMCA is donation HQ. One can donate $ online if not comfortable going out in covid-19 times. Ditto for the Chattanooga Food Bank and countless go-fund-me pages. 

We. Are. Chattanooga! Strong!

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Looking like a boundary will slowly drift southward into the weekend at this time anyways,slight timing differences between models, but right now should be a potential for strong to severe thunderstorms into the Valley during this time frame 

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