Severe Thunderstorm Knocks Down Trees And Power Lines

Over 26,000 Customers In Memphis Area Were Without Electricity At Storm's Height

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A strong storm knocked out power to more than 26,000 Memphis Gas Light and Water customers Sunday afternoon.

As of 9:00 p.m. Sunday night, a MLGW spokesperson said outages were down to around 12,000. However, the utility company added additional overnight storms could slow recovery efforts.

People who live near Riverdale Road and Poplar Avenue in Germantown lost power after a large tree took down power lines and closed Riverdale Road to traffic. Germantown Police patrolled the area to keep people safe and away not only from the downed tree and lines, but also a transformer that blew numerous times. MLGW did not have an estimated time as to when power could be restored to this area.

Power outages also hit traffic lights at busy intersections in Germantown and across Shelby County for a couple hours Sunday. Police officers had to direct traffic for much of the afternoon. As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, traffic lights were restored on Poplar at Germantown Road, Farmington, and New Riverdale.

That said, if a traffic light is still out it is best for drivers to treat it as a 4-way stop.

A spokesperson for MLGW said the company requested out of town crews to help with restoration efforts. Those out of town crews are slated to start working Monday. In the meantime, the spokesperson said crews will work around the clock to restore power.

Check back with Local Memphis for updates on power outages and storm damage.


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