BLOG: Power outages, severe weather damage reported in Tri-Cities region

Storm damage at Boone Lake - C. Blair in Piney Flats
Screenshot from Johnson City Power Board’s website just around 1:30 p.m. on May 24.

(WJHL) – Wednesday afternoon, the Tri-Cities region experience torrential rain and damaging winds. News Channel 11 received dozens of images from viewers documenting their first-hand account of storm and wind damage.

In Bristol, VA a massive tree fell on Lee Highway leaving a driver stranded.

“We had one lady that was stranded in her car for some time over on Lee Highway. Because the power lines came down because a tree fell on them and they were hooked up under the bottom of her car and she couldn’t get out. But we finally got her out,” said Captain Maynard with the Bristol, Virginia Police Department.

Multiple trees were reported to be down in Gray causing hundreds of customers to lose power.

According to the Johnson City Power Board’s website, around 1:30 p.m. nearly 1000 customers were without power at the storm’s peak this afternoon. And at one point, more than 1500 customers without power overall in the Johnson City service area.  That number has since gone down as crews work to restore power.

Also, the sudden onslaught of power outages resulted in the immediate closing of Gray Elementary School.

Currently, it’s estimated that more than 3500 customers are without power in Kingsport and southwest Virginia, according to Appalachian Power’s website.

News Channel 11 photographer Doug Counts found storm damage in the 1600 block of Lee Highway in Bristol, Va., where trees had fallen on a home.

Earlier this afternoon around 1:00 p.m. a tree was removed from Interstate 26  near mile marker 19 in Washington County, TN. The tree was blocking traffic until crews came to haul it away. The road is now clear for travel.

The following are images of storm damage taken by viewers in our region.  If you have any images of storm damage you’d like to submit, just send them to or post them on our Facebook page.


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