UPDATE: Halloween storms leave downed trees, power lines across East Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Storms bringing high winds and rain into the East Tennessee Valley have left thousands in and around Knox County without power on Thursday and into Thursday night/early Friday morning.

UPDATE: Midnight

As of midnight, the KUB outage map stated there were 1,228 customers without power.

UPDATE: 10:00 p.m.

KUB saying around 10 p.m. Thursday that crews have reduced outage numbers to 2,042 and would continue to work through the night.

UPDATE: 8:22 p.m.

KUB has less than 2,900 customers without power, down from at least 26,000 earlier in the day.

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

Video of the storm going through Tazewell, courtesy of Mark Slezak.


UPDATE 4:25 p.m.

The Roane County Highway Department warned parents that school buses might be delayed in the Poplar Springs area.

“If you are going trick-or-treating tonight, please use caution,” the department said on Facebook.

SOURCE: Roane County Highway Department
Damage in the Poplar Springs area of Roane County caused by the storms on Thursday
SOURCE: Roane County Highway Department
Damage in the Poplar Springs area of Roane County caused by the storms on Thursday

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Damage in Claiborne County is extensive. We are finding down trees and power lines in the Tazewell and New Tazewell areas.


UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.

Key Springs Road was closed due to a downed tree, the City of Oak Ridge said at 2:40 p.m., asking drivers to please avoid the area.

In Clinton, trees were down near Clinton High School.

Clinton police saying they were responding to two calls in which trees had fallen on houses – in the 300 block of Beechwood Road and in the 1500 block of Eaglebend Road.


UPDATE: 2:10 p.m.

Utility crews are out in the Hardin Valley area due to the snapped powerline poles reported earlier Thursday.


UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Video of the rain rolling in from the UT Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research:

Rain rolls through Rocky Top

Some big rain just rolled through Rocky Top, and we had a bird's-eye view 🌧️💨🍃Here's a quick time lapse of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 👇

Posted by Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research – UT on Thursday, October 31, 2019

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.

Law enforcement and trained weather spotters for the National Weather Service reported trees down at four locations across Anderson, Claiborne and Union counties.

“No more severe weather will occur today,” 6 On Your Side meteorologist Ken Weathers said. “Rain will continue to move out while colder air moves in.”


UPDATE: 1:32 p.m.

Southbound lanes of Broadway are still blocked from the previous accident involving a tree and a van. Northbound lanes are moving slowly.


UPDATE: 1:27 p.m.


UPDATE: 1:15 p.m.

U.S. Route 25W (Lake City Highway) at Leinert Lane in Medford, near Rocky Top, is closed due to power lines down, according to Tyler Mayes of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

There are numerous reports of trees down across Anderson County. The down trees are concentrated in the Claxton and Andersonville areas. There are no reports of injuries or property damage.


UPDATE: 1 p.m.

Adair Drive in North Knoxville is closed between Lincoln Circle and Plummer Road for utility pole damage.


UPDATE: 12:49 p.m.

Greene County is the only county in the WATE 6 On Your Side viewing area under a Thunderstorm Warning right now. The warning is until 1:15 p.m.


UPDATE: 12:42 p.m.

The Clinton Utilities Board has about 80 customers in its coverage area without power according to the board’s power outage map.


UPDATE: 12:37 p.m.

Walters State Community College in New Tazewell is reporting trees and power lines down. There is no damage to any buildings but a branch has damaged a students car. Students were sheltered in place until the warning expired at 12:30 p.m., according to Walter State Campus Safety.


UPDATE: 12:34 p.m.

The southbound lanes of Broadway Street at Jacksboro Pike will be closed indefinitely as Knoxville Police Department officers work to clear an accident where a tree was blown across power lines and onto a van.

Two occupants were transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center.


The Knoxville Utilities Board reported just after noon that 26,000 customers were without power, according to the utilities power outage map.

The Lenoir City Utilities Board had about 130 without power.

The City of Oak Ridge Facebook page said multiple power outages and trees down are being reported across the city. Motorists are advised to treat signal-controlled intersections that are without power as four-way stops.

“Our Public Works and Electric Department crews are out all over the City, responding to the storm damage reports and making repairs,” the city said. “We appreciate your patience as we work to clear storm debris and get everyone’s power restored.”

This is a developing story and we provide more information as it becomes available.

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