In the wake of severe thunderstorms that pushed through Alabama on Tuesday, Alabama Power is reporting outages for 97,000 customers statewide and 2,100 in Dallas County.
The storms passed through around 7 p.m., leaving 55,000 central Alabama customers without service as of 10 p.m.
Damage is widespread and includes numerous reports of fallen trees and downed wire. Outages are concentrated in the following areas:
Montgomery County – 19,600 customers
Autauga County – 13,300 customers
Tallapoosa County – 5,800 customers
Elmore County – 5,400 customers
Lee County – 4,000 customers
Chilton County – 3,100 customers
Dallas County – 2,100 customers
Wilcox County – 2,100 customers
Lowndes County – 1,400 customers
Perry County – 1,300 customers
Butler County – 1,000 customers
In a news release, Alabama Power said the outage numbers reflect outages just before 7 p.m. Outage reports will change as the storm system continues to move through the area.
Alabama Power crews are responding to outages where it is safe to do so.
The following are important storm safety reminders:
- Stay away, and keep children and pets away, from downed lines. Do not drive over lines or under low-hanging lines. Always assume power lines are energized.
- Avoid areas with fallen trees or limbs where downed lines may be hidden.
- DO NOT attempt to remove tree limbs or anything else caught in power lines. To report an issue, call Alabama Power at 1-800-888-2726 or contact local law enforcement.
- DO NOT attempt to make repairs to Alabama Power equipment. Call 1-800-888-2726 and wait for our trained work crews to get there so they can perform the potentially dangerous work.
- Stay away from areas where repair crews are working. If driving near work crews, obey road signs and proceed cautiously.
- Please maintain adequate distance as we make repairs and restore power. At the very least, please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from our crews and field representatives to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.