CROSSVILLE (WATE) – More than three quarters of Cumberland and Fentress counties are without power due to winter weather.
As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Volunteer Electric said 30,000 customers are without power after heavy ice and high winds caused extensive power outages.
“The damage across the system has been extensive,” said a representative with Volunteer Electric. “Downed trees have pulled down power lines and broken several dozen utility poles in Cumberland County alone.”
The power provider said that full restoration is expected to take several days in some of the hardest hit areas.
There are 44,139 customers without power in Tennessee over seven counties: Bledsoe (220); Cumberland (22,639); Fentress (8,555); Monroe (582); Overton (1,176); Putnam (9,656); and White (1,311).
VEC Vice President of Operations Clyde Jolley said the extent of the damage and road conditions are slowing down restoration efforts.
“With so many trees down and the icy road conditions, it is slow going in some areas,” Jolley said. “But our crews will be working non-stop until power is restored to all VEC customers. We apologize for the inconveniences.”