A flash flood warning was issued for Knox County as storms moved through the region late Monday afternoon, knocking out power to thousands of people in the area.
An estimated 3 inches of rain had fallen by 6:30 p.m., and flash flooding had already been reported in places, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.
The NWS received reports of water 3 feet deep on Dutch Valley Drive at Old Broadway in Knoxville. Flooding occurred on Chapman Highway near Moody Avenue, and Second Creek overran its banks at West Baxter Avenue.
At the height of the outages, more than 4,100 Knoxville Utilities Board customers were without power. That number had dwindled to less than 1,000 by 7:30 p.m., according to KUB’s outage map.
The flash flood warning — which now includes parts of Blount, Jefferson and Sevier counties — is slated to expire at 9:00 p.m. Areas that may be affected include Knoxville, Sevierville, Alcoa, Jefferson City, Farragut, Louisville, New Market, Rockford, Friendsville, Seymour and Kodak.
“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots,” the NWS alert states.
A flash flood watch is slated to remain in effect until Tuesday morning for the following counties and areas:
- Blount Smoky Mountains
- Cocke Smoky Mountains
- North Sevier
- Northwest Blount
- Northwest Carter
- Northwest Cocke
- Northwest Greene
- Sevier Smoky Mountains
- Southeast Carter
- Southeast Green
This story will be updated.
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