published Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Storms topple 38 TVA towers; Tupelo still out of power

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    TVA towers and power lines in the Tupelo, Miss., area were hit by the tornadoes that swept through the South this week. (Contributed Photo from TVA)
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Storms Monday night and early today toppled 38 structures supporting TVA's high-transmission electric lines in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has restored its power connections to all of its local power distributors except in Tupelo, Miss., where tornadoes have damaged multiple TVA towers.

Thousands of local power customers are still without electricity, however, as local distributors work to repair downed power lines and felled trees caused by heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept across the Tennessee Valley Monday night and Tuesday morning.

"Our crews worked through the night restoring or rerouting local power connections to the TVA power grid," TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said. "Cleanup and restoration activities are still underway in the Tupelo area."

The towers that were damaged or destroyed were along six TVA 161,000-kilovolt transmission lines.

"We're performing more assessments today on the ground and in the air and fresh crews and now moving into the storm affected areas," Brickey said.

More storms are forecast in the region for later today which could complicate the relief efforts, however.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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