On Friday, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said the state of emergency, declared on Jan. 30, is cancelled. The emergency was declared because of tornadoes, flooding and damaging winds.
"Emergency officials have addressed all life safety issues and fulfilled county requests for assistance, and there are no current unmet needs." TEMA said in a website post ..
There were 12 tornadoes, one death and nine injuries, according to TEMA. The two largest were EF2s, which generate 111 to 135 mph winds. According to WTVF, 47-year-old Vernon E. Hartsell died after strong winds uprooted a tree which crashed into a shed that he was living in.
At 11 a.m. Friday, 3,148 people, state-wide, were still without power. For Henderson County, TEMA West acquired 24 cots, 50 blankets, and bottled water which were made available by the Red Cross and Walmart. A shelter remains open in Blount County for those displaced due to the Litter River flooding in Townsend.
TEMA is now at level four status.
This level may be declared when there is a potential or likelihood of an emergency developing or worsening. The decision to augment the Operations watch-point staff establishes this level of activation. TEMA Operations and Communications Branch performs more frequent monitoring. This level also may represent a period of decreased staffing at the end of an emergency. This status also describes an administratively-continued emergency period remaining from the Governor's declaration of emergency or proclamation (no longer than 60 days without extension) when waivers of law are still required for response or recovery.