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Update April 28 7:03 am

Thursday morning, East Tennesseans along with most of the South are recovering from deadly storms.

In the 10News viewing area Cocke and Greene counties were the hardest hit.  Greene County officials are reporting five fatalities.  WCYB in the Tr--Cities is reporting that 7 people are dead in Washington County, VA.  Bradley County was also hit hard with five confirmed dead in Cleveland.

Knox County dipatchers report a mudslide on Sherrill Blvd. in west Knoxville near Parkwest Hospital.  City Works crews are efforting a clean-up.  10News has a crew en route.

Further to the south, Chattanooga had one confirmed fatality.  Power lines are still on the ground and multiple roads are blocked.

Fort Loudon Electric Cooperative says that as of 4:00 am Thursday morning 19,033 customers were without power in the Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties.  Crews are working around the clock to restore power.

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After almost 9 hours of continous tornado warnings Wednesday evening, the severe weather threat has finally passed out of East Tennessee.

There was widespread damage in several counties.  We are still working to get a complete picture of the devastation.  Tune in to 10News Today at 4:30 am for the very latest.

Update 11:30

Tornado warning for Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Sevier until 12:30 am

Update 11:15 pm

Tornado warnings for Claiborne; Grainger; Hamblen; Hancock; Hawkins; Union until 11:45 pm.  Blount; Knox; Loudon; Monroe until midnight.

Update 11:00 pm

Tornado warnings for Blount; Cocke; Jefferson; Sevier until midnight.

Update 10:50 pm

Tornado warnings for Blount; Knox; Loudon; Monroe; Sevier until 11:15.  Blount; Bradley; Loudon; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Rhea; Roane until 11:00 pm. Claiborne; Grainger; Hamblen; Hancock; Hawkins; Union until 11:45. Greene; Unicoi; Washington until 11:30.

Update 10:15

Tornado warnings for Blount; Bradley; Loudon; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Rhea; Roane until 11 pm

Update: 10:10 pm

Tornado warnings for Blount; Cocke; Jefferson; Sevier until 11 pm.  Cocke; Greene; Hamblen; Hawkins; Jefferson; Sevier; Sullivan; Washington until 10:30 pm.

Update 9:35 pm

NWS issues tornado warning  for Cocke; Greene; Hamblen; Hawkins; Jefferson; Roane; Sevier; Sullivan; Washington until 10:30 pm

Update 9:25 pm

NWS issues tornado warning  for Blount; Loudon; Hawkins; McMinn; Monroe until 10 pm

Update 9:10 pm

NWS issues tornado warning  for Cocke; Grainger; Greene; Hamblen; Hawkins; Jefferson; Knox; Sevier until 9:30 pm.

Update: 8:50 pm

Tornado warning in Blount and Knox extended untiil 9:15 pm.

Update 8:40 pm

NWS issues tornado warning Anderson; Jefferson; Knox; Loudon; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Rhea; Roane Cocke; Grainger; Greene; Hamblen; Hawkins; Jefferson; Sevieruntil 9:30 pm.

Update 8:20 pm

for Blount; Cocke; Hamblen; Jefferson; Knox; Sevier until 8:30 pm.  Anderson; Jefferson; Knox; Loudon; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Rhea; Roane until 9 pm.

Update 7:50

NWS issues tornado warning for Bradley; Loudon; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Rhea; Roane until 8 pm. Blount; Cocke; Hamblen; Jefferson; Knox; Sevier until 8:30 pm.

Update 7:20

NWS issues tornado warning Blount; Bradley; Knox; Loudon; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Rhea; Roane until 8 pm

Update 7:10

NWS issues tornado warning for Campbell; Claiborne; Hancock until 7:45.  Blount; Knox; Monroe; Polk until 8 pm.

Update 6:40

NWS issues tornado warning Campbell; Claiborne; Scott until 7 pm

Tornado watch is effect for for Anderson; Bledsoe; Blount; Bradley; Campbell; Carter; Claiborne; Cocke; Grainger; Greene; Hamblen; Hamilton; Hancock; Hawkins; Jefferson; Johnson; Knox; Loudon; Marion; McMinn; Meigs; Monroe; Morgan; Polk; Rhea; Roane; Scott; Sequatchie; Sevier; Sullivan; Unicoi; Union; Washington until 1 am

Update 6:20

for Campbell; Claiborne; Morgan; Scott  until 6:45

Update: 5:45

for Campbell; Scott until 6:15.  NWS issues tornado warning for Anderson; Blount; Knox; Loudon; Sevier until 6:30 pm

Update 5:20

Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 06:00 PM Wednesday issued for Campbell, Morgan & Scott Counties.

Update 5:05

Blount; Cumberland; Knox; Loudon; Sevier until 5:45.  McMinn & Monroe Counties until 5:30.

Update 4:10

NWS issues tornado warning for Blount; Knox; Loudon; Monroe; and Sevier Counties until 5 pm.

Update 3:55

The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings for:

Meigs until 4 pm

Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Monroe, Morgan, Roane until 4:30 pm

Update 1:45 pm

Another round of severe weather is expected to make it into the region between 2 and 4 pm.  The Cumberland Plateau and Southern Valley should expect the storms to heat up between 2 and 3 pm, while Knoxville and the rest of the Valley should expect the bad weather to roll in between 3 and 4 pm.

Chief Meteorologist Todd Howell and Meteorologist Cheryl Scott are tracking the storms in the 10Weather Center.  They say these storms are capable of producing damaging winds, heavy rain, and possible tornados.  You should heed all warnings and be prepared to take cover

Track the severe weather on the 10Weather page

A tornado watch for all of East Tennessee expired at 2 pm, but a new tornado watch was issued until 5 pm for the counties bordering and south of  I-40.

Stay with 10News and WBIR.com throughout the day for the very latest.

Update 9:57 am

A tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for several counties in the 10News viewing area until 2:00 p.m. EST.  The counties affected are:

  • ANDERSON
  • BLOUNT
  • BRADLEY
  • CAMPBELL
  • CLAIBORNE
  • GRAINGER
  • HAMILTON
  • HANCOCK
  • KNOX
  • LOUDON
  • MCMINN
  • MEIGS
  • MONROE
  • MORGAN
  • POLK
  • RHEA
  • ROANE
  • SCOTT
  • UNION

WRCB-TV reports severe weather damage across Chattanooga.

Update 9:25 am

A tornado warning has been issued for Scott County until 9:45 a.m. Radar indicated severe thunderstorm capable of creating tornado 9 miles east of Jamestown.

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10News Meteorologist Mike Witcher advises that a severe weather outbreak is expected around East Tennessee and our region throughout the day.

It should be windy and warm with a high near 80 degrees.

Currently, we are under a MODERATE RISK for all of E. TN and a HIGH RISK in southern E. TN, including Chattanooga for severe weather. This does bear watching.

Strong to severe storms are looking likely in the late afternoon and evening time-frame. Isolated tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds are looking possible. In addition, heavy rains could cause flooding by Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

For those traveling on Alcoa Highway, one northbound lane is closed north of John Sevier for clean-up from Monday night storms.  So travel into Knoxville from the south will go slowly again today.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, there were still 1,791 customers without power as crews work around the clock to restore it.

The Tennessean says that most of Middle Tennessee is under tornado watches until 10:00 a.m.

Mike says that we will cool to the upper 60s come Thursday with clearing skies by afternoon. Dry and pleasant weather returns by Friday into Saturday with highs back into the 70s!

 

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