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Severe storms down trees, leave thousands without power

Wes Bunch • Jun 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

KINGSPORT — A line of severe thunderstorms brought high winds and heavy rains to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia on Thursday afternoon, knocking down trees and power lines and causing thousands to lose electricity.

The severe weather, which triggered thunderstorm and flood warning for most of the day, moved out of the region in the early evening.

According to Appalachian Power, nearly 104,000 customers were still without power in Virginia and Tennessee as of 9:30 p.m. Thursday. That number included 805 customers in Sullivan County and another 300 in Hawkins County, while across the state line in Wise County, 1,945 customers were still without power.

An AppCo spokesman said high winds were responsible for the downed trees and power lines that caused the outages.

According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, wind damage and flooding had been reported across much of the region, including in Sullivan, Hawkins and Washington counties in Tennessee and Scott, Lee and Wise counties in Virginia.

A spotter for NWS recorded 65 mph winds in Johnson City.

A weather station at the Scott County E-911 office in Gate City showed just over a half-inch of rain had fallen there as of Thursday night, while Tri-Cities Regional Airport recorded just under a half-inch over a six-hour period.

For more outage information from Appalachian Power click here.

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