Considering the storms that took place in surrounding areas, it appears as though Bell County lucked out on Sunday. According to Bell County Emergency Management Director Ben Barnett, the majority of the storms missed the county.
“I don’t think we had much damage here. I didn’t get any report of it,” said Barnett. “It all went around us, either to the north or south.”
Barnett said the south side of the county got clipped a couple of times, but the damage wasn’t that bad. There was reports of some power outages in Middlesboro, but nothing widespread.
The majority of the damage reported came from Claiborne County, Tenn. At least 10 homes in the Speedwell area were destroyed according to David Breeding, director of Claiborne County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Additional reports of damage to 20 to 40 more homes were called in as well. Photos were submitted on the Daily News website of damage in Cape Norris in Tazewell, Tenn. and Cedar Grove Marina in New Tazewell, Tenn.
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