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Storm triggers power outages in Wise County

Stephen Igo • Mar 1, 2017 at 1:08 PM

WISE — Storms that moved through the region Wednesday prompted school closures and power outages across the region.

Wise County was one of the hardest hit areas. County Emergency Operations Coordinator Jessica Swinney said that in Pound wind blew the roof off a garage and a fallen tree split a mobile home in half. No one was inside the residence when the tree fell, Swinney said.

Wise County and Norton schools dismissed at 10:30 a.m., and the courthouse closed at 12:30 p.m.

Kentucky Utilities’ Old Dominion Power Co. reported power outages primarily in the western end of the county, affecting 78 customers north of Norton, 2,393 customers in the Appalachia area, and 2,637 customers in the Big Stone Gap area.

In Tennessee, most area schools, including East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Community College, dismissed early. Kingsport schools kept to a regular schedule.

Appalachian Power’s outage map showed a few small outages affecting fewer than 30 customers Wednesday afternoon.

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