TVA restores power to 90% of those impacted by weekend tornadoes

In this aerial photo, destroyed homes are seen in the aftermath of tornadoes that tore through the region in Dresden, Tenn., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tennessee Valley Authority and local power company personnel said Tuesday night they have restored power to more than 90% of the homes and businesses that suffered power outages from the series of tornadoes that swept through northwest Tennessee and western Kentucky late Friday and early Saturday.

So far, 226,000 consumers who lost power during the weekend storms have regained electricity service. On Tuesday, TVA said crews restored another customer connection point – the interface between TVA's transmission system and local power company distribution system – serving Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, as well as a connection point for one of TVA's direct-served industrial customers. Since Saturday, 18 of the 21 impacted connection points serving seven different local power companies have been restored.