HUNTSVILLE & GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Utility crews have been busy since early Monday morning working to restore power knocked out by heavy thunderstorms.
Utility managers in both cities say the situation has improved throughout the day.
Several hundred customers in both Huntsville and Guntersville lost power about 2:30 a.m. in the storms that woke many people up.
As of 4:15 p.m. Huntsville Utilities said crews have restored power to all but about 50 customers. The thunderstorms caused minor, but widespread damage to the system. Crews have been working since about 2 a.m.
Crews are also repairing an outage in southeast Huntsville caused by a cable failure due to a lightning strike from the storms. Crews hope to have all power restored by late Monday afternoon.
Huntsville Utilities wants to remind customers: if you are experiencing any kind of service interruption, please do not assume the utility is aware. Please report system problems and outages (Electric, Water, or Natural Gas) by calling 256-53LIGHT (5-4448).
As of 4:20 p.m. Monday about 150 customers were still without power. However, Tommy Troup, Manager of the Electric Board of Guntersville, said most people should have power restored by 5 p.m.
Before noon Monday, Troup said about 300 customers had lost power. There were several places where trees tore the line down and broke utility poles. Troup said the Southtown area had several outages. Also, several people were without power on the eastern end of Highway 79 South near the intersection of Highway 431.