Storms cause outages, destroy mobile homes
Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:48 pm
From AP, staff reports
Sunny skies returned to Obion County today, while work is continuing to repair some of the damage caused by Monday’s strong storms.
About 4,500 Gibson Electric Membership Corporation customers were affected by weather related outages Monday, according to GEMC spokesman Rita Alexander.
In neighboring Lake County, three mobile homes were destroyed by strong straight line winds Monday and the three families were helped by the local Red Cross chapter and have been put up in a Union City hotel.
Monday night’s meeting of the Samburg mayor and board of aldermen had to be canceled due to the power outages. Mayor Larry Gene Davis told The Messenger strong winds Monday had knocked out power to the town and caused major problems for Samburg residents.
Monday’s storms negatively affected power to GEMC customers north and east of Tiptonville and about 150 GEMC customers around Troy, according to Ms. Alexander. She said strong winds Monday snapped six utility poles in Lake County.
She said another 400 GEMC customers in the Troy area, an estimated 440 customers in the Midway area and about 80 customers in and around Hornbeak were also without power Monday. An additional 150 outages were scattered throughout Obion County, according to Ms. Alexander.
Most of the outages were concentrated in Obion and Lake counties, but Gibson and Crockett counties also experienced some problems. The first outages occurred at about 10:15 a.m. Monday and crews worked diligently throughout the day to restore power, according to Ms. Alexander.
“Service was restored to most Gibson County and Crockett County customers by around 12:45 p.m., to most Obion County customers by mid-afternoon and to most Lake County customers around 5:30 p.m.,” Ms. Alexander said.
She said anyone who is still without power should call the local GEMC customer service center at 1-800-977-4076.
“We want to thank our employees and the employees of Hickman-Fulton Co. Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. for their hard work and our customers for their patience,” Ms. Alexander said.
Storm assessment teams from the National Weather Service will be inspecting damage from severe thunderstorms that lashed Tennessee from the Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains.
One storm death is known, that of a Memphis man who contacted a downed power line at his home.
National Weather Service forecaster Ryan Husted in Memphis said an assessment team will look at damage in the area of Memphis International Airport on south into Mississippi.
NWS technician Colin Blackburn in Nashville said he doesn’t know if teams can get to all the sites today to determine whether tornadoes hit.
Most of the damage in East Tennessee came from straight line winds.
Published in The Messenger 4.5.11