TVA says about 118,000 without power Tuesday

By The Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Valley Authority executives in a report on storm damage say about 118,000 homes and businesses do not have electricity, mostly in north Alabama and southeastern Tennessee.

The outage count is down from a high of some 850,000 customers.

TVA chief operating officer Bill McCollum described the outages Tuesday as “very localized.”

A TVA statement said equipment still out of service included a large part of major lines that serve north Alabama and Mississippi.

TVA’s Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in north Alabama remains in “safe shutdown” but is not affecting customers.

McCollum said there is not yet a damage cost estimate.

TVA provides power to about 9 million consumers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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