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High winds cause power outages across East Tennessee after severe storm

Wind gusts knocked out power around the region, which is affecting traffic lights.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Strong storms and high winds moved through East Tennessee early Saturday leaving many without power.

A few roads are temporarily closed due to fallen trees from the storm. Little River Road from Metcalf Bottoms to the Townsend Wye in the Smokies is temporarily closed, according to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

As high winds continue to move through Knoxville, there was reported wind damage off Papermill Road. 

Here is a video of debris flying from a barn in Sneedville, Tenn. due to high, gusty winds. 

There are also reports of numerous traffic lights that are down or inoperable throughout the area, according to the Knoxville Police Department. They also said crews are working to repair the traffic lights as quickly as possible. KPD is advising you to drive with caution.

The Knoxville Utilities Board reported that more than 16,000 customers are without power due to wind-related damage. KUB said its crews are working to restore power for its customers. 

The Knoxville Utilities Board also reported around 12,962 customers without power as of 7:22 p.m. The Lenoir City Utilities Board also reported around 5,723 customers without power as of 7:22 p.m. The Alcoa Electric Department also reported 1,021 customers affected by power outages as of 7:23 p.m.

The Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative reported around 2,596 customers affected by outages as of 7:23 p.m.

The Sevier County Electric System reported around 7,101 customers without power as of around 7:23 p.m.

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