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Overnight storms have toppled power lines in parts of Jackson County, Ala., the Sequatchie Valley and around the Ocoee River, cutting power to thousands of Tennessee Valley residents this morning.

TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said there are reports of damaged transmission and power lines in Etowah, Benton, Athens and Jasper, Tenn., and in Rosalie and Ider, Ala., where high winds and possibly tornadoes hit overnight.

In Sevier County, more than 10,000 customers also remain without power because of wildfires in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas over the past couple of days.

But in Chattanooga, EPB reports that only about 1 percent of its 180,000 customers have lost power due to high winds and rains early today.

"Our smart grid had been performing very well and has kept the power on for most of our customers," EPB spokesman John Pless said. "We've been fortunate in Chattanooga to be hit has hard as many of other areas all around us."

EPB uses fiber optic links and intelliruptors for its power transmission network to help redirect power to keep electricity flowing even during storms and accidents.

Pless said about 600 EPB customers are without power in the Nickajack and Haletown area this morning.

Hopson said TVA and its power distributors are dispatching crews to help repair damaged power poles and lines in areas damaged by storms Tuesday and today. Hopson said none of TVA's power generating facilities were damaged by the storms.

"We recognize the importance of keeping the lights on and our power crews are working with local power companies to restore power as quickly as they can, given the conditions in many affected areas," Hopson said.

All area weather watches and warnings have expired for now. Here's a list of school closures and delays in the Chattanooga area.

 

Stay with the Times Free Press for more information. Updated Nov. 30 at 5:30 pm.

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