Morning storms leave behind damage across Mid-South, including at Memphis International Airport

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Strong storms across the Mid-South Monday morning left behind damage across the area, including at Memphis International Airport.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water reported up to 35,000 customers without power Monday morning as the storms led to tornado warnings in the Mid-South. (Check outage reports HERE.)

Broken windows were reported at the airport, where spokesman Glenn Thomas said passengers in the concourses were directed to shelter in restrooms for a time.

Damage was also reported at the Cottonwood Apartments near Cottonwood and Perkins.

Chuck Hutton on Mt Moriah

Posted by Local Memphis on Monday, October 21, 2019

(MLGW NEWS RELEASE) – Approximately 43,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County experienced outages as a result of an unexpected severe storm that began early Monday morning.  The 65 mph wind gusts caused significant damage to our system as a result of uprooted trees, broken poles and wires down across our service area.

Eighty percent of customers impacted are expected to be restored by midnight tonight.

Currently, 42 MLGW crews are working and the utility has requested assistance from outside entities.

MLGW crews will work quickly and safely and around the clock to restore services. 

Important MLGW contact information for customers: 

  • Outage Reporting: 544-6500
  • Emergency: 528-4465 (This number should be treated like 911. Gas leaks, electrical lines down.)
  • Customer Care Center: 544-6549
  • Online Outage Center: center

The weather system was the same one that spawned a tornado in Dallas.


Includes information from The Associated Press

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