WIDESPREAD STORM DAMAGE REPORTED IN LOUDON AND KNOX COUNTY

A line of severe thunderstorms left widespread damage this morning in many counties, including Loudon and Knox County.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office says there are multiple traffic hazards across the Northern parts of Loudon County in the Lenoir City area. Affected roads as of 1 p.m. Eastern today include Beals Chapel Road, Lakeland Drive, Lakeside Drive, Northshore Drive, Morton Road, Dixon Road, Martel Road, Shaw Ferry Road, Conkinnon Drive, Ford Road, Sugarlimb Road, Simpson Road, Browder School Road, Crock Road, and many roads inside the city limits of Lenoir City.

Deputies and crews from the Loudon County Highway Department, Lenoir City Street Department, and Lenoir City Utility Board are diligently working to clear trees, power lines, and other hazards from blocked roads.

If you must drive, please use caution and drive carefully. If you come across a traffic hazard, please call and report it to our non-emergency number at (865) 458-9081.

The airport in Knoxville reported a wind gust of 75 miles an hour as the storm line entered the area.

Power was knocked out for a while from the storm in several counties including Cumberland, Roane, Rhea, Loudon, Blount, and Knox.