Heavy rain, high winds cause power outages and damage throughout region

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TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) – A severe storm hit our area Friday night, which left several community members without power.

The Johnson City Power Board told News Channel 11 at 6 p.m. Friday nearly 50,000 people were without power. Saturday morning officials said that number was down to roughly 7,000 but that work would continue through much of the day.

In Carter County, the EMA director said power lines were down all over Elizabethton and the county Friday night, and they were urging people to stay off the roads.

According to the outage map for Appalachian Power, as of Saturday morning more than 1,600 customers were still without power in Sullivan County.

High winds also caused widespread storm damage in Rogersville Friday night.

Hawkins County EMA director Gary Murrell said winds tore the roof off the former Big John’s Restaurant on Main Street in Rogersville. Murrell said debris flew into two Rogersville homes.

He said trees and power lines were down around the county after EMA workers said they clocked winds at over 65 miles per hour.

Murrell said Holston Electric and Powell Valley reported widespread outages.

Several people have called into the News Channel 11 newsroom Friday to report downed trees, high winds and power outages this evening.

According to a Johnson City Power Board outage map just after 10:30 p.m. Friday, more than 11,000 customers were still without power.

Hundreds of customers with American Electric Power were also without power.

Another viewer reported to News Channel 11 that a vehicle flipped on Highway 321 in the Hampton community, and said debris was everywhere.

Here are just some of the Tweets received on our station’s Twitter account:

 

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