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Storms down trees, knock out power

Storms down trees, knock out power

Overnight storms that swept through Obion County knocked down several trees and tree limbs in the South Fulton area, according to a spokesman with Obion County Sheriff’s Department.
Strong winds downed trees and tree limbs shortly after sunset in the area of the 3 J’s Food Mart, Meadowlark Circle south of town, on the Ken-Tenn Highway and on Collinwood Street in town. The incidents of trees and tree limbs in roadways were reported to the local sheriff’s department after 8 p.m.
Thursday night’s severe thunderstorms also caused power outages for thousands of Gibson Electric Membership Corporation customers across a four-county region that included southern Obion County.
The storms knocked out power to an estimated 660 GEMC customers in the Kenton area about 8:30 p.m., according to a GEMC spokesman. Power was restored to that area by 9 p.m.
A problem on the Ten-nessee Valley Authority’s system knocked out power to about 5,000 GEMC customers in the Humboldt, Medina and Fruitland area for about half an hour Thursday night and an additional 990 GEMC customers were without electricity for about half an hour in the Gadsden area.
“Crews worked throughout the night and are continuing to make repairs. About 60 homes and businesses are still without power, with most concentrated south of Medina. Unfortunately, eight poles were broken and downed in this area, making repairs time-intensive. About half of these already have been replaced, but there is still considerable work to do. In addition, there are scattered outages in other parts of Gibson County. We will get power restored to everyone as quickly as possible,” a GEMC news release issued early today stated.
There were no major storm-related issues reported in Union City, according to a spokesman with the Union City Public Works Department.

Published in The Messenger 5.31.13

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