Severe weather strikes and wreaks havoc in and around the NewsChannel9 viewing area Wednesday.
Some of the hardest hit areas include McMinn County and farther North in Loudon County.
One of the hardest hit areas is Philadelphia, Tennessee. Heavy Rain uprooted trees, downed power lines and even demolished homes.
Down the road in McMinn County, Athens had some cleaning up to do of it's own. Amber Heifnar says Wednesday afternoon's storm was one of the worst she's seen in years.
"We would step out on the porch every now and then. The lightning was just insane all around. We thought it was maybe a tornado forming. I even saw the clouds doing this up in the sky," said Heifnar.
Heifnar says when she stepped outside into her front porch, she couldn't believe what she saw.
"I did not think it was sheets of metal. I thought it was fabric off of something cause they were everywhere," said Heifnar.
Pieces of bent up tin are all that's left of the Clearwater volunteer fire department's roof.
"In the volunteer fire department, we do fundraisers and all this to operate. We get some monetary support from the county but it's not enough to put a roof on a building," said Larry Henderson with the Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department.
But throughout it all, Henderson is just grateful that everyone is okay.
"It is our home away from home for a lot of us and as a department, we're proud of what we got and we try to take care of everything but when mother nature comes to visit, there's nothing you can do but hang on, you know," said Henderson.
Larry Henderson says the fire department did have insurance.
NewsChannel9 spoke to McMinn EMA director, Tom Trotter who says they will continue to survey around the area to look for damage. By Alyssa Spirato