Severe Storm Damage Reported in Claiborne County

Knoxville (WVLT) - Most of East Tennessee remains under a tornado watch until 11:00 p.m. In Tennessee This Watch Includes 16 Counties. In East Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan,Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Union.

Reports of Homes Damaged in Claiborne County

New Tazewell, Claiborne County (WVLT) - Severe storms passing through East Tennessee Thursday evening have damaged homes in Claiborne County.

Claiborne County Emergency Management Director David Breeding reports trees down and damage in the Barren Creek area. Breeding says he has requested the Forestry Service to bring in bulldozers to clear Barren Creek Road to help clear the area.

The EMA Director tells WVLT that several homes have been damaged in the storm.

Breeding says rescues are underway at this hour.

Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray says the only injuries reported right now are minor bumps and bruises, however there are many homes that can not be searched yet due to downed trees blocking streets.

Sheriff Ray says a temporary shelter is being established at the TNT School.

Volunteer TV News has a crew on scene. We'll have the latest information as it becomes available on and a LIVE report from Claiborne on WVLT at 11:00 p.m.

Tornado Reported In Cumberland County, No Injuries Reported

Crossville, Cumberland County (AP) -- A possible tornado touched down several times over a four and one-half-mile long path near Crossville Thursday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, although there was damage to a number of trees and outbuildings.

Also, one trailer had its roof peeled off, but no one was inside at the time.

The National Weather Service said it received reports of a touchdown, but officials would not be able to confirm it until crews investigated on Friday.

The weather service also reported that a trained spotter saw a tornado touch down in Morgan County, but a sheriff's dispatcher in Wartburg said there were no reports of damage.

The power was reported out in some parts of Morgan County.

The weather system moved on to the east and pounded counties north of Knoxville Thursday night.

Tornado warnings were in effect for several counties along the Cumberland Plateau and north of Knoxville.

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