Over the night, power was restored to an additional 6,000 homes and businesses. There are roughly 28,000 homes and business still without power.
EPB crews, contractors, retirees and hundreds of workers from out of town are working 24/7 to get power restored to all of our customers.
Because of the massive damage needing to be repaired, we anticipate that it will be Thursday before all customers in the service area have power.
As you know. rain is being predicted for the area tonight and tomorrow. We will continue to work in rain and all safe conditions; however, thunderstorms or other severe weather could slow our progress.
We advise customers to be careful if using a portable generator:
NEVER operate gasoline-powered generators indoors, in a garage or any other enclosed area. Gasoline engines emit deadly carbon monoxide gas from their exhaust.
Read all instruction manuals and safety warnings from the manufacturer before operating the generator.
It is best to have your generator installed by a licensed electrician. Professional installation greatly reduces the possibility of shock or fire hazard when the unit is in operation.
Keep children and untrained adults away from the generator.
If you experience any problems in operating the generator, consult a licensed electrician before continuing use.
We will provide another update later today. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me at 423-802-9549 or firstname.lastname@example.org