Storms kill 2, topple trees, power lines in east Tennessee

Storms kill 2, topple trees, power lines in east Tennessee (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Strong thunderstorms that left a trail of destruction and killed at least two people in Tennessee rolled down the mountains and the Tennessee River Valley.
 
The known fatalities were those of a motorcyclist and a camper, both in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Their names weren't immediately released.
 
National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Roberts in Morristown told The Daily Times the damage from storms Thursday was widespread and was mostly wind damage.

Scattered storms were forecast for Friday, but Roberts did not anticipate as many watches and warnings being issued as on Thursday.
 
Wind flipped a houseboat on Chickamauga Lake at Chattanooga and two people were taken to a hospital.
 
Utility crews worked through the night restoring power from the Tri-Cities to Chattanooga.

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