Just in time for the evening drive, powerful storms hit the Tri-Cities Monday, and it could be round one with more bad weather Tuesday.
The storms first hit Kentucky where there was a report of a fatality in Johnson County, near Paintsville. One person drowned and five others are still missing in flash flooding that hit about three hours north of the Tri-Cities, according to WYMT.
That swarm of wind, rain, lightning and hail then hauled it south into Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
News Channel 11 viewers sent in some amazing images of the storm as it approached. Amanda miller sent us a shot in Blountville as the skies started to churn.
On the ground, our crews were out, and like you, they took cover when the lightning and thunder rumbled through. These storms also brought hail.
News Channel 11 crews spotted plenty of storm damage. In Washington County, Tennessee, trees were no match for the high winds that rolled down Highway 81 near Embreeville.
News Channel 11 viewer Tonya Summey also reported wind damage in Fort Blackmore, Virginia.
Appalachian Power reported widespread outages Monday. 15,000 customers lost service in Southwest Virginia, 2,000 in Northeast Tennessee. According to the power company, More than 100 contract line workers are on-site and assisting local Appalachian Power crews with power restoration. An additional 300 workers are being secured to help restore service.
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