Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Memphis Power Fares Well After Winter Weather

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Icy tree limbs may cause problems for power lines today.
  • Icy tree limbs may cause problems for power lines today.

Those wishing for a white Christmas may have just missed getting their wish by about an hour, since snow began falling on Memphis just after midnight. But today, the ground is coated with a few inches of the white stuff.

Approximately 4,000 people lost power on Christmas Day, due to high winds. But MLGW crews have restored power to most customers. According to the MLGW outage map, only 249 customers were without power at press time with the majority of those customer near Shelby Farms Park. MLGW tweeted this morning that it will not cut off power to any customers today due to non-payment because of the wind chill factor. The main concern as to whether or not customers will continue to lose power today comes from the threat of icy tree limbs falling on power lines since winds are around 35 miles per hour.

Memphis fared far better than much of Arkansas, where an estimated 189,000 people lost power during the snowstorm.

Here are some safety tips from MLGW just in case you do lose power today.


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