Tellico Plains suffers extensive damage after tornado

2:16 AM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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The Tellico Plains area was one of the hardest hit areas in East Tennessee Friday afternoon.

The area suffered extensive damage to power lines, trees, and some houses.

Dozens of residents hunkered down at the Tellico Plains Junior  High School to ride out the storm.

Officials gave people the all-clear to head back to their homes by 10 p.m. They had been restricting access to much of the downtown area due to downed power lines.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bryan Graves says power was restored to some households.

Much of the downtown area was without power or water since the storms touched down.

Estimates say about 25-30 residents were displaced. Displaced residents can stay in Tellico Plains High School overnight.

Only minor injuries have been reported.

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