Residents in both Franklin and La Vergne suffered widespread power outages overnight Monday.Authorities in both areas reported the power was predominately restored between 1 and 2 a.m.In Franklin, the outages were first reported during the BCS National Championship game, affecting between 2,500 and 3,000 people.Franklin police, EMS and emergency management had a rapid response, however, and were in the process of setting up a warming shelter at a local school when power was restored.
The communications coordinator with Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation told News 2 the issue began with a line that needed to be replaced.No one was ever in immediate danger or needed to be evacuated.It affected the McKay's Mill area off of Liberty Pike, as well as the Trinity neighborhood.In La Vergne, officials reported the major outage just after Midnight. While city authorities are unsure how many people were affected, they considered it "fairly large" outage.After receiving dozens of calls with people wanting somewhere to go, officials opened three emergency shelters.As soon as volunteers arrived to help with the shelters, power was restored to most homes around 1:25 a.m.The affected area included the Stones River Road side of the Lake Forest Estates.
A subdivision in Springfield also lost power for several hours Tuesday morning, affecting around 800 customers.Officials reported the problem began with a failed switch at a sub-station. Power went out at 4 a.m. and was replaced around 7:30 a.m.
While those major power outages were mostly restored, areas across Middle Tennessee experienced a fluctuation in their electricity Tuesday.
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation reported their scattered outages were caused by transformers tripping due to the high load.
The numbers of outages are continually changing. Below is a list of links to area electric services and their outage maps:
You can also use the links to report an outage or contact your electric service.
The Red Cross Tennessee Volunteer Region stated that those who wish to be connected to a disaster caseworker if they feel they need help in the cold weather can call the Red Cross at 1-800 RED CROSS.
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