Strong winds cause damage across East Tennessee

Strong winds cause damage across East Tennessee

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Pieces of Neyland Stadium's jumbotron fell to the ground Wednesday due to strong winds. Pieces of Neyland Stadium's jumbotron fell to the ground Wednesday due to strong winds.
Morgan Ashcroft sent My Report 6 photos from her yard, saying the wind uprooted a 45 feet tall white pine tree that crashed into her fence. Morgan Ashcroft sent My Report 6 photos from her yard, saying the wind uprooted a 45 feet tall white pine tree that crashed into her fence.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Wednesday's strong winds caused damage across East Tennessee, ranging from downed trees and power outages, to parts of Neyland Stadium's jumbotron falling onto the concourse below.

Strong wind gusts were reported Wednesday afternoon as a band of rain moved through ahead of a cold front. Gusts in some places were reported as strong as a tropical storm.

The gusts brought down pieces of Neyland Stadium's jumbotron.

"I was walking right over there on my way to class, and I just saw a huge piece of metal get ripped off the side," student Sydney Tashley told 6 News. "I kind of just saw it flying in the sky and I kind of just stopped and said, 'Did I really just see that?'"

The UT Police Department says one piece of the jumbotron scratched a car, but no one was hurt.

Trees fell all across East Tennessee as well. Morgan Ashcroft sent My Report 6 photos from her yard, saying the wind uprooted a 45 feet tall white pine tree that crashed into her fence.

High winds caused some tricky landing conditions at McGhee Tyson Airport as well, but all the planes landed safely.

The wind also caused some power outages. KUB reports over 1,000 people were without power at one point.

6 News Reporter JILL MCNEAL contributed to this report.

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