Thunderstorm causes power outages in East Tennessee

Thunderstorm causes power outages in East Tennessee

June 18th, 2009 by Associated Press and Jeanne Abbott in Local - Breaking News

KNOXVILLE - A series of strong thunderstorms sweeping across East Tennessee for a second day caused power outages, downed trees and lightning that struck a child in Union County.

The Knoxville Utilities Board had 22,000 customers in the greater Knoxville area without electric service Thursday afternoon.

And Union County police dispatchers told WBIR-TV that a child was hit by lightning near Luttrell. The child's age and condition weren't immediately known.

Fallen trees damaged four cars on the Maryville College campus and blocked roads in Scott County.

This followed storms on Wednesday that blew a roof off a motel in Pigeon Forge and left some motorists trapped in their vehicles by flashfloods in Knoxville.