Storm damage in Middlesboro

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The storms caused minor damage in Bell County and right across the state line in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

The USA Fireworks Stand on 25E in Middlesboro collapsed.

"I was over there by the cash register at the end, and it just came up," Beth Marsee told us.

Beth Marsee says the storm came fast with little warning, which left her scrambling to escape the falling tent.

A pole came and smacked the base of my neck, and I was like, oh man, it was crazy. It was terrible. It was frightening. Dust was coming from everywhere. It was burning my eyes. We just didn't know what to do," Marsee said.

Across the parking lot, the winds pulled off part of the roof at Big Lots. The store remained open.

Some business signs on 25E were blown away.

In nearby Harrogate, Tennessee, the winds toppled large trees including some on the Lincoln Memorial University campus.

Some businesses suffered minor damage like Martina's Tanning and Fireworks.

"It was crazy! The wind was blowing super strong. It flipped our marquee sign over. It was wreaking havoc on everything," Avery Morgan said.

Clean-up started immediately in both communities.

Workers at the USA Fireworks stand say this probably wiped out business for the rest of the week.

"It ruined almost all of our product. It's just absolutely a catastrophe right now," said Marsee.

But they are thankful for no injuries.

The storms also caused power outages in Bell County. Officials report more than 2,000 customers lost electricity, but crews are working to restore it.

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