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UPDATE 1:25 pm:
Power outages in Knox County dropped down to 314 as of 1:25 pm Friday. The majority of those outages remain in the Northern and western parts of the county.

Meanwhile, power has been restored to most customers in Monroe, Blount, and Loudon counties. According to Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative only 25 customers are without power as of 1:25 pm Friday.

UPDATE 12 pm:

Power outages in Knox County fell to 765 as of noon Friday, with the majority of outages in the northern and western parts of the county.

About 350 people in Monroe, Blount and Loudon counties are without power as of noon Friday, according to Fort Loudoun Electric. Strong storms initially cut power to more than 800 customers Friday morning.

UPDATE 11:15 am:

Power outages in Knox County dipped below 900 as of 11 a.m. Friday morning. Earlier that morning, Knoxville Utilities Board reported nearly 3,100 outages after a line of strong storms whipped through the area.

As of 11 a.m., only 390 customers were without power in Blount, Loudon and Monroe counties, according to Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative. Strong storms initially cut power to more than 800 customers Friday morning.

Clinton Utilities Board said it has restored power to all of its customers.

UPDATE 10 am:

Power outages in Knox County dipped below 1,400 as of 10 a.m. Friday morning. Earlier that morning, Knoxville Utilities Board reported nearly 3,100 outages after a line of strong storms whipped through the area.

Over the past 30 minutes, Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative is reporting slightly more customers without power from 519 to 523.

UPDATE 9:30 am:

Power outages across the area are gradually dropping after a line of strong storms blew through our area early Friday morning.

As of 9:30 a.m., KUB reported more than 2,171 outages in Knox County and areas nearby. The largest outage continues to be in northwest Knox County near I-640 with more than 1,150 customers without power.

Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, which serves Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties, reported the number of customers without power has dropped significantly over the past couple of hours from 838 to 519.

Lenoir City Utilities Board said storms cut power to about 1,500 customers overnight. As of 9 a.m., less than 100 customers were without power.

Clinton Utilities Board said now only 14 customers are without power, after strong storms originally cut electricity to 300 customers.

UPDATE 7 am:

Power outages across the area are gradually dropping after a line of strong storms blew through our area early Friday morning.

As of 7 a.m., KUB reported nearly 3,100 outages in Knox County and areas nearby. The largest outage continues to be in northwest Knox County near I-640, with nearly 1,500 customers without power.

Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, which serves Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties, reported that just under 838 customers are without power.

Clinton Utilities Board said their number of outages has dropped from 158 to 117 customers as of 7 a.m.

Volunteer Electric, which serves more than a dozen counties, said 215 customers are still without power.

UPDATE 5:36 am:

Thousands of people are still without power following a line of storms that blew through East Tennessee early Friday morning.

KUB reported just over 3,330 power outages in Knox County. The largest outage was in northwest Knox County near I-640. KUB's power outage map said the storms cut power to nearly 1,500 customers in that area.

Outages in Blount, Loudon, and Monroe counties increased significantly by 5:30 a.m. Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, which supplies these areas, reported about 840 customers are without power.

Clinton Utilities Board reported that their number of outages has dropped from 300 to 158 customers.

TDOT said crews reopened Highway 33 at about 4:30 a.m. after they had to close the stretch of roadway at the Knox and Blount County line due to downed power lines and trees.

UPDATE 4:00 a.m.:

A line of storms that moved through the region knocked out power to thousands and caused some minor damage around East Tennessee Friday morning.

KUB reported more than 2,500 power outages in spotty areas around Knox County. The largest outage was in North Knoxville near Avondale Avenue. KUB's power outage map said more than 1,000 customers in that area had no electricity early Friday morning. Clinton Utilities Board and Fort Loudoun Electric each reported more than 300 outages.

TDOT reported Highway 33 was closed during the pre-dawn hours in both directions at the Knox County and Blount County line. Officials said crews were cleaning downed trees and power lines.

Dispatchers in Scott and Fentress Counties said they got reports of some power outages. Scott County reported that some trees that had fallen.

It was a similar scene in Kentucky. Dispatchers in Whitley County and McCreary County said there was some debris in the road and some downed power lines.

Viewers reported strong winds and heavy rain around the region.

Original story:

A line of strong thunderstorms is expected to move across the region between midnight at 4 a.m. ahead of a cold front. The storm will be capable of producing damaging winds with possible gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

There is a possibility for isolated tornadoes with this storm.

A tornado watch is in effect for most of East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky as a strong line of storms moves through the area.

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union, Lee, Scott & Wise counties are under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. Eastern.

To view the most up-to-date listing of current weather alerts, visit www.wbir.com/weatheralerts.


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