Severe storms cause minor damage in portions of East Tennessee

Severe storms cause minor damage in portions of East Tennessee

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All of East Tennessee was under a slight risk for severe weather Thursday. All of East Tennessee was under a slight risk for severe weather Thursday.
Storm clouds move through the Seymour area. (Source: Morgan Thompson via Facebook) Storm clouds move through the Seymour area. (Source: Morgan Thompson via Facebook)
Lightning strikes The Hill near Ayres Hall on UT campus Thursday. (Source: Ben Bowers via UT Knoxville Alumni on Facebook) Lightning strikes The Hill near Ayres Hall on UT campus Thursday. (Source: Ben Bowers via UT Knoxville Alumni on Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A tornado warning was issued Thursday afternoon for portions of the 6 News viewing area as severe storms rumble through the area. There has not yet been an official confirmation of a tornado, but some areas were hit hard by the storm.

The tornado warning was issued for Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, eastern Knox and Sevier counties just after 3 p.m.

At 3:17 p.m., the National Weather Service said radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado about six miles west of Jefferson City near the New Market area.

The storm was reported to be southeast of Dandridge near the Chestnut Hill area around 3:42 p.m.

At 4:06 p.m., the 6 Storm Tracker found an 82 percent probability of a tornado near Cosby.

6 News Meteorologist Matt Hinkin said the main threat for the tornado warning was concentrated along the Cocke County-Sevier county line.

By 4:15 p.m., the major threat for storms had moved out of the 6 News viewing area and into North Carolina.

Emergency officials in Jefferson County reported minor damage to power lines and trees. Downed power lines and outages were also reported in Knox County.

Many areas were also experiencing localized flooding because of heavy rains.

The storms were spurred by a quick-moving cold front that entered East Tennessee Thursday and collided with warm and humid air.

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