On Monday, April 25th, Mr. James Spann, meteorologist for Birmingham's ABC 33/40 spoke to a gathering of the East Tennessee Golf Course Superintendents Association at Black Creek Club in Chattanooga. Mr. Spann has spoken to our group several times before and every time he gives us great advice and knowledge concerning weather patterns and how to decipher the weather information available to us. Mr. Spann told us that morning that Wednesday in the Chattanooga area could be of "historic proportion" and once again he was absolutely correct.
The devastation in this area is immense and unbelievable. I have been through many storms in my life but this outbreak of weather has to be the most intense that I can remember. In our area 67 people have been confirmed dead and in the south the number is currently at 269. Over 190,000 people in the south are without power making everyday living impossible. Entire neighborhoods and communities have been wiped off the map and it will take a long time to recover. Tornadoes in the area have been classified from EF1 up to EF4 with wind speeds up to 190 miles per hour.