KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority has about 4,000 people working around the clock to try to restore power to its customers in Alabama and neighboring states.
The tornadoes that hit the region earlier this week left 679,000 TVA customers without power. On Saturday afternoon, that number had dropped to 477,000, but Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum said it could be mid-next week before a majority of those have power again.
More than 200 of the 80- to 150-foot-tall towers that hold the utility’s high voltage transmission lines — some in remote locations — were either damaged or destroyed in the storms.
McCollum said TVA’s priority is restoring power to critical resources like hospitals. He said this is the worst damage the utility has ever sustained from a single event.
The Associated Press