MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Severe storms slammed the Mid-South on Sunday night with numerous reports of damage to buildings. In Shelby County, Memphis Light Gas and Water has been working throughout the day to restore power to customers. At the height of the storm, more than 18,000 customers were without power. There was no damage to substations. However, a number of utility poles and power lines across the county were knocked down.
Wendel Province with Forklifts ETC said, “I got here about 6 o’clock this morning. I noticed the poles were crooked, street lights were out and the crews were out working very hard.”
Province’s Hickory Hill business was spared from damage, unlike neighboring buildings across south Memphis.
Glen Thomas, MLGW Communications Spokesperson, said, “It certainly could've been worse. What you're seeing now, as far as restoration, is the more heavily damaged areas that includes downed poles and wires. It just takes more time to restore power when you have that kind of damage.”
Thomas said crews were on standby and were able to respond quickly to outages. Full restoration of power is expected to be reached by the end of the day Monday. If you see down lines, you are urged to keep a safe distance and call 528-4465.