Windy weather knocks out power to thousands of Mid-Southerners - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Windy weather knocks out power to thousands of Mid-Southerners

Windy Weather knocked out power for thousands of Mid-Southerners.

The man in charge of MLGW says he did not anticipate yesterday's storm would cause much damage.

Tonight, there are still more than 6,000 homes and businesses without power, and it could be another 24-hours before power is restored.

Memphis, Light, Gas and Water crews are all over Shelby County.

Reggie Payne's crew had to shut-down a part of Germantown because a tree toppled down power lines.

The crew arrived at two o'clock Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Paige Carruth, who lives on this road, spent her night and morning elsewhere.

"Went ahead and worked out since I was in sweats anyway.  We had to grab stuff last night and went to my parents," Carruth said.

The outages are so prevalent across Shelby County that MLGW President, Jerry Collins asked for help.

Five crews from Nashville arrived Wednesday to help local crews restore power to thousands of customers.

"We knew that we might have winds approaching 50 miles per hour, but you never know exactly what kind of damage will be caused until it actually gets here," Collins said.
Collins said the damage was so extensive in some areas that residential homes will need electricians.

Due to the number of outages, Collins warns customers it could be Thursday night or Friday morning before the electricity is turned back on.

The question did come up about burying power lines to prevent these kind of outages.

Collins says some are buried, but it will cost billions to do them all.

If you don't have power, you need to call MLGW at 544-6500.

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