published Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Power distributor VEC reports power outages in area due to cold weather

VEC, an area power distributor, has reported that there have been power outages in the region it serves due to high electrical demand brought on by plunging temperatures.

Early this morning about 4,200 of its customers lost power, VEC said, with a majority of them coming from what it termed "blink" outages brought on by equipment overheating from the high demand for electricity.

As of 7:30 a.m. CST, about 1,900 customers in Fentress County were still without power. VEC said crews were working on restoring power as soon as possible.

In Polk County, about 1,300 customers lost power shortly before 5 a.m. because of a downed electric line. Most had had their power restored after 6 a.m. and the remaining customers had their power back shortly after 7 a.m.

Roane County's Ten Mile area had an outage just before 6 a.m. with overheated equipment leading to 1,000 customers without power. The damage was reaiped and power came back about 7 a.m.

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