published Friday, July 6th, 2012

2 killed in Smokies, many injured in storm

Heavy storms Thursday night destroyed a sign outside a real estate office near the Kinzel Springs community in Blount County near Townsend.
Heavy storms Thursday night destroyed a sign outside a real estate office near the Kinzel Springs community in Blount County near Townsend.
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At least two people in the Great Smoky Mountains are dead and several injured as a results of a violent late-afternoon storm Thursday that snapped or blew down hundreds of trees onto East Tennessee streets and houses, tossed boats like toys in a marina, knocked out power to more than 50,000 households and left visitors to the national park stranded.

There have been two fatalities as a result of the storm, the Great Smoky National Park said in a statement late Thursday night.

A man died in a motorcycle accident that occurred a half mile east of the Townsend Wye. A 41 year-old woman in the Abrams Creek area was struck by a falling tree. While both victims have been identified, their names were not released, pending notification of next of kin.

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