Local utilities report power outages following Christmas Eve’s winter storm

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(WJHL) — Several local utilities are reporting power outages as a winter storm impacts the region.

See the links below for the latest on outages:

Appalachian Power
BrightRidge
BVU
Greeneville Light and Power
Holston Electric
Kentucky Utilities

Here were the latest outages as of midnight:

Appalachian Power

Tennessee
Hawkins County – 48 customers
Sullivan County – 350 customers

Virginia
Buchanan County – 5 customers
Dickenson County – 315 customers
Russell County – 5 customers
Scott County – 168 customers
Smyth County – 110 customers
Washington County – 560 customers
Wise County – 207 customers
Wythe County – 68 customers

BrightRidge

Several outages throughout the service area due to heavy, wet snow and car crashes. BrightRidge says all available crews, including contractors, have been working to restore power since the storm began.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, Southwest and Northwest Johnson City customers are experiencing the highest number of outages, with 49 outages reported in Northwest Johnson City and 63 in the southwest area, according to BrightRidge’s Outage map.

Several people have told News Channel 11 they have been without power for hours. According to the utility’s outage map, some outages began shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

The following is a statement from BrightRidge:

We were down to about 130 outages but lost another pole which puts us at about 150 outages. We have also lost about a half dozen or so residential distribution transformers.

The biggest remaining issue is that the remaining outages are very scattered. If you look on our website you can take a look at the outage map and see how scattered these are. Hover over the colored circles and you will see they are by ones and twos. This is obviously the most time intensive type of restoration effort. In some cases, there is damage to the customers equipment, such as the weather head attached to the home and the meter base attached to the weather head. In those cases, the customer will need to contact a private electrician as those facilities are the customer’s responsibility to maintain.

Restoration efforts will continue around the clock. It will likely be late into the afternoon before the majority of remaining outages are restored.

BrightRidge

Erwin Utilities

Erwin Utilities says power should now be restored for all customers. An outage caused by a downed tree earlier Thursday evening affected about 800 customers.

Greeneville Light & Electric

15 customers remain without power in the South Greene area.

Holston Electric

444 customers.

This story will be periodically updated.

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