Widespread damage throughout Tennessee from storms, 1 known dead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP)- Strong storms blew through East Tennessee on Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

A number of trees were knocked down by the strong winds, landing on top of homes and even on top of one car on Hartley Lane in Knoxville.

A home in Blount County, on Ruth Road, had part of it's roof ripped off.

And lightning strikes also caused issues. A gas line was struck in Anderson County, while two people were hurt when a blot hit them in one East Knoxville Neighborhood.

Storm assessment teams from the National Weather Service will be inspecting damage from severe thunderstorms that lashed Tennessee from the Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains.

One storm death is known, that of a Memphis man who contacted a downed power line at his home.

National Weather Service forecaster Ryan Husted in Memphis says an assessment team will look at damage in the area of Memphis International Airport on south into Mississippi on Tuesday.

NWS technician Colin Blackburn in Nashville says he doesn't know if teams can get to all the sites today to determine whether tornadoes hit.

Most of the damage in East Tennessee came from straight line winds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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