November 6, 2018
Monday night’s severe thunderstorms and possible straight-line winds gusting up to 60 miles an hour rumbled through the Duck River Electric Membership Corporation’s Franklin County service area. The storm brought heavy rains, lightning and high winds, which caused massive tree damage and widespread power outages to more than 2,000 members.
DREMC reports the hardest hit area was the Decherd area of Franklin County, but scattered outages were also reported in Sewanee, Shelbyville, Lynchburg and Manchester district areas throughout the night and into the early morning hours on Tuesday as the storm passed through. The first outage reports began around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
DREMC crews worked through the night to restore power, and by 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 1,500 members were still without power due to damage to electric infrastructure.
According to DREMC’s Director of District Services David Young, over 20 electric poles were broken as a result of the severe storm. Crews from other DREMC districts, contract electric crews and crews from Tullahoma Utilities Authority are working together to restore power to those still without electricity.