Sunday night brought back many bad memories of the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 as what seemed like an endless string of severe weather warnings including two tornado warnings were issued for Chattooga County throughout the night on Sunday and into Monday morning.
The first line of storms moved into the area around 8pm and turned out to be the strongest of the night. According to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader, the hardest hit area was the Fields Walk mobile home community in Pennville. The sheriff said that three homes had their roofs separated from the structure but no injuries were reported.
Currently there is a Flood Warning in effect for Chattooga County until 9:42am Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service says that the Chattooga River is forecast to rise above flood stage this morning and continue to rise near 17.3 feet early this afternoon. The river is expected to fall below flood stage by tomorrow morning.
Sheriff Schrader is urging people traveling early this morning to use extreme caution. There is a lot of debris and also trees that have been cleared from the roadway which is just off to the sides of the roadway.
The heaviest damage in Chattooga County was reported in the Pennville area, heading northeast through Halls Valley. Heavy damage is being reported in Walker County in the Highway 151 area from the Highway 27 intersection to the Naomi Community. That portion of Highway 151 was closed this morning due to the amount of water and damage in the area.