UPDATE: Power crews restore outages from Tuesday's EF-2 tornado in Grundy County
UPDATE: Sam Myers with Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative says all power is restored in Grundy County Thursday night.
The EF-2 tornado that touched down on Tuesday left thousands of customers in the dark.
Some scattered customers may still experience problems. If so, Myers says to contact the local office designated to the problem area or call 888-421-7832 and 911 for emergencies.
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ORIGINAL STORY: Five-thousand Sequatchee Valley Electric Cooperative customers were without power when an EF-2 tornado hit Grundy County on Tuesday.
Sequatchie and Bledsoe County suffered damage as well. Crews say about 50 customers are still without power, but that won’t be the case much longer.
“This is probably the worst tornado outage that we’ve had in the county,” said Sam Myers, Sequatchee Valley Electric Cooperative District Manager.
Myers says crews have been working nonstop to restore power.
“We’ve been working until about midnight and then going home and coming back by six. So by the time they get to bed they’re getting about four hours of sleep.”
Myers says the damage was so severe they had to bring in outside electric service crews to help. On Thursday, three outside crews were still on board. He says more than 100 power poles and hundreds of spans of power lines were damaged and needed replaced.
“We started where the tornado started in Burrough's Cove, moved across the mountain and now we’re following the tornado,” said Myers.
Damage spreads across three counties. Sequatchee Valley Electric Cooperative posted on Facebook a list of problem areas on Thursday:
Grundy County: A few members on Colony Rd. are out, crews are working there now; crews will move to Stoker Rd., Owl Hollow off of Hwy 399 after they finish Colony Rd; We expect to have these areas back on today.
Sequatchie County: Crews are working to replace poles on Meadow Lark Lane. There are 10 members out there, we expect to have them all reconnected today.
Bledsoe County: Crews are replacing broken poles on Lusk Loop, College Station and one near Herman Smith Rd. There are still a few members who have services down, transformers that need changing and the crews will get to those after replacing poles and putting power lines up at the above mentioned locations.
But downed trees covering power lines has been a challenge. Myers says crews have to take extra precaution.
“You don’t know what you have until you get in there and get it cut out,” said Myers.
Myers says the remaining power outages should be restored by Thursday night. However, some scattered customers may still experience problems. If so, Myers says to contact the local office designated to the problem area or call 888-421-7832 and 911 for emergencies.