KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Storms swept through East Tennessee, leaving rain and power outages throughout the region.
The storm came from the south after leaving a trail of damage in North Alabama. A Tornado Warning was issued for Cocke, Green, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties. Thunderstorm warnings were also issued for multiple counties, with radar-indicated winds of up to 70 miles per hour. Some locations also saw hail less than 0.75 inches.
Dandridge Police Department and AEC are on the scene of a car accident on Highway 139 near Majestic Bay. Crews are having to replace a power pole with multiple lines. Power is reported to be out for 1-2 hours in the downtown area while crews reset the pole.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Spokesperson Mark Nagi shared a photo on social media showing an overturned commercial vehicle which blocked westbound traffic on I-40 in Jefferson County. Within an hour, crews were able to push the truck out of the road and all lanes were opened.
Crews are working to restore power outages in the region. According to the Knoxville Utilities Board, 1,111 customers in Knox County were without power around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and a total of 1,219 KUB customers were without power. KUB reported that some outages are expected to be restored between 4 and 6 p.m.
Appalachian Electric Cooperative reported 2,296 customers without power Thursday afternoon. In Sevier County, 3,947 customers were without power as of Thursday at 5:30 p.m. according to the Sevier County Electric System. Additionally, the City of Alcoa reported 669 customers were without power.
EDITORS NOTE: This story was last updated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.