All lanes of I-40 West at Watt Road re-opened

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- THP says all lanes of I-40 East and West have been reopened, and are moving smoothly.

Earlier this evening, Westbound traffic was backed up for miles due to downed power lines that were blocking all lanes of the interstate.

Volunteer TV Chief Photographer reported at 1:00 a.m., he was stuck in the backup which stretched for miles. He said he could even see the source of the problem.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, I-40 westbound was closed at Watt Road due to power lines that fell down during strong storms and high winds that came through East Tennessee around 11:00 p.m.

Be sure to watch East Tennessee This Morning beginning at 5:30am Wednesday morning for complete coverage of storm damage across East Tennessee, and the latest traffic information from Pete Michaels, before you leave your home.

Stay tuned to for the latest information on any situations that may be causing problems across East Tennessee.

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