BY BILL JONES
This morning began just like Tuesday evening ended in Greeneville and Greene County -- with the threat of severe weather.
Storm damage included a tree down on the roof of the Tender Heart Day Care, at 312 West Green Drive, in Mosheim.
A flood warning was issued for Greene County at about 8 a.m.
Torrential rainfall that accompanied the storm flooded many Greeneville-area roads.
Amelia Rader, a spokeswoman for the University of Tennessee Research and Education Center on East Allens Bridge Road, reported this morning that 2.75 inches of rain had been recorded there for the 24 hours that ended at 7:30 a.m. today.
That, she noted, brought the monthly rainfall total to 4.81 inches at the center for the month.
A Greene County 911 dispatcher warned the Greeneville Fire Department at about 7:35 a.m. today that West Main Street near the West Main Restaurant, East McKee Street near Laughlin Healthcare and the 200 block of Old Shiloh Road were flooded.
At 5:47 a.m. today, the Morristown office of the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Greene County that remained in effect until 6:45 a.m.
A second severe thunderstorm warning was issued shortly before 7:30 a.m. for Greeneville and Greene County.
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a second severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Greene County.
Also this morning, the Greeneville Light & Power System reported that, as of 8:30 a.m. 139 customers, most in western Greene County, had lost electric power because of lighting damage to power facilities.
Some 85 customers in the Culbertson Road and East Stagecoach Road areas of southwestern Greene County had lost power about 6:30 a.m. and remained without power as of 8:30 a.m., according to a GL&PS spokesman.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, meanwhile, the weather service had issued a tornado warning for Cocke, Greene and Unicoi Counties after Doppler radar indicated "rotating winds" in a storm that was near White Pine and moving east.
Television news reports from Knoxville and Tri-Cities stations, indicated that the storm would move through Parrottsville in Cocke County and into southwestern Greene County.
Bill Brown, director of the Greeneville-Greene County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said on Tuesday night that in response to the tornado warning, he opened an emergency shelter in the gymnasium at Hal Henard Elementary School at 8:30 p.m.
He noted that 25 people sought shelter there before the shelter closed at 9:40 p.m. after the threat of a tornado passed.
The Greene County Sheriff's Department reported that "only a few trees" were reported down overnight as the result of thunderstorm activity.
The Greeneville Police Department reported no overnight storm damage this morning.