KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – High winds have impacted thousands of residents in East Tennessee as a storm system cleared the region. The clearing pattern began early Saturday after an overnight tornado warning for the greater Knoxville area.
On Saturday, the lower elevations were under a Wind Advisory until 8 p.m., while the higher elevations were under a High Wind Warning until 11 p.m. More than 12,000 Knoxville Utilities Board customers were without power and over 3,000 Lenoir City Utilities Board customers were without power.
KUB updated around 7 a.m. on Sunday, there are under 2,000 KUB customers without power and the LCUB power outages were under 60.
According to the Knoxville Police Department, due to the high winds, there have been reports of numerous traffic lights that are either down or not working throughout the area.
“Crews are working to repair downed/inoperable lights as quickly as possible,” KPD stated in a tweet on Saturday afternoon. “If you’re traveling, please use caution.”
KUB said crews are continuing to restore power.
“As damage is assessed, estimated restoration times will be available at kub.org or via our mobile app,” KUB stated.
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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.