UPDATED: Strong winds leave a trail of damage across East Tennessee

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: Fentress County dispatchers report extensive damage in several communities. Reports of power lines, power poles, and telephone lines down on Highway 52 heading west out of Jamestown. Hwy 52 is down to one lane in the area. Dispatcher Richard Cross says trees are down on hald a dozen homes, a porch blew off one home. More damage has been reported around Pall Mall. Also a house fire in Clark Range may be connected to the storm. NO INJURIES REPORTED

UPDAT 10:55 a.m.: Volunteer Energy still reporting power outages across Fentress County, according to Turk Baz from WDEB Radio. Crew are out cutting trees from across roadways. Fentress County Schools operating on a two hour delay.

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: Over 2200 people still out of power throughout Knox County. KUB reporting sporatic outages. The largest outage is in the Karns area, 415 people are out of power there. 330 people are out of power in South Knoxville.

Knoxville (WVLT) - Power crews and several law enforcement agencies are cleaning up from a series of storms that produced strong winds overnight. Power lines falling onto wet pavement, then sparking was a common scene across the area. Strong winds also kept road crews busy moving fallen trees that blocked roadways.

Downed trees caused widespread power outages across East Tennessee. Just after midnight, KUB was reporting nearly 10,000 customers were without power in Knox County alone, most of those in South Knoxville. Sevier County had almost 1,000 homes in the dark as well.

KUB says they have nearly 15 crews working throughout the night, repairing power lines, and restoring power to homes. KUB officials say the crews will continue working until all power is restored.

Power outages and fallen trees weren't the only traffic problems last night. About 11:30 p.m., a transformer exploded over I-40 near Watt Road, causing power lines to fall on both sides of the interstate.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two tractor trailers also wrecked in the area, causing a traffic back-up for miles. Crews worked for hours to clean up the mess. Both sides were back open just before 2:00 a.m. Troopers say no one was seriously hurt in the accident.


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