MTEMC storm report to members on March 1
Severe storms rocked the Middle Tennessee Electric service territory this morning causing wide-spread damage. In all, more than 9,900 members were without power at various times during the day, but line crews from the cooperative worked hard to restore power as soon as it was safe to do so.
Early reports point to tornadic activity, with winds of 60-70 miles per hour, some reaching more than 80 miles per hour at the Smyrna Airport, responsible for uprooted trees, overturned road signs and were responsible for downed power and telephone lines in the mid-state.
Here is a by county breakdown of MTEMC's outages:
Total Number of Members Affected: 4,028
Total Number of Outages: 21
Synopsis: Williamson County was the first county hit by the storm in the MTEMC service territory. Gusting winds caused downed lines from debris and in some areas trees in contact with the lines, as well as other damage to equipment. Crews responded to outages as quickly as possible once it was safe to do so.
Total Number of Members Affected: 169
Total Number of Outages: 25
Causes: Weather, vehicle
Synopsis: Rutherford County had a number of outages from the storms. The majority of the incidents were weather related, however there were also a number of vehicle accidents that caused outages.
Total Number of Members Affected: 41
Total Number of Outages: 4
Synopsis: Cannon County incurred the least amount of outages from the storm. Primary causes were weather related, including downed lines from high winds.
Total Number of Members Affected: 5,707
Total Number of Outages: 17
Synopsis: Wilson County had the largest number of members out because of the storm. The majority of those outages were the result of two TVA towers being blown down due to high winds. MTEMC crews were able to restore power to the area while TVA worked to repair their towers.
"I am proud of the work our line crews, engineers, systems control operators and contract crews did to restore power to those members who were out after this storm," said Chris Jones, MTEMC president/CEO.
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electricity to more than 215,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties.
For more information, please contact MTEMC Communications Coordinator Josh Clendenen at 615-494-1071 or 615-516-5020.
Posted on March 1, 2017.