UPDATE: The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that they will be re-opening Interstate 24 in Grundy County after it was closed because of fallen power lines, blown down from the high winds overnight.

THP will have rolling roadblocks for the westbound lanes to allow workers from Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative to pull new lines and the hoist them into place to restore power to the affected areas.


PREVIOUS STORY: Crews are working to remove and ultimately repair power lines have fallen across Interstate 24 near Monteagle, and the roadway has been closed to traffic both eastbound and westbound.

About 400 people in the Monteagle area are without power. The winds toppled a tree that struck a power pole and took down the power lines between exits 134 and 135.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is diverting traffic off the interstate into Monteagle, but crews are opening west bound lanes periodically and only closing them when necessary.

Drivers should expect delays until the lines removed.

The road is expected to be cleared by noon, but drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes if possible.