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Tenn. cities clean up after powerful storms hit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Communities across East Tennessee have begun cleaning up after powerful storms raked across the state destroying at least 10 homes.

Authorities say there were no reports of any deaths or injuries from Sunday's storms, though about 10,000 people were still without power.

Claiborne County emergency management spokeswoman Gina Breeding told The Associated Press it wasn't clear whether the destruction was the result of a tornado, but noted there were strong winds, lightning and heavy thunderstorms.

Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Bean told the Kingsport Times-News that four homes there were severely damage.

Dean Flener of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in Nashville said at least seven counties were roughed up.

National Weather Service meteorologist Terry Getz said forecasters will try to determine Monday whether a tornado caused any of the damage.