HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — As severe thunderstorms and tornado-warned storms made their across the Tennessee Valley, multiple utility companies have reported outages.
Some of those outages have continued into Saturday morning, still affecting thousands of customers across North Alabama.
Huntsville Utilities reported that approximately 1,485 or less than 1% of customers were without power as of 1 p.m. Saturday, down from just over 25,000 on Friday afternoon.
Additionally, Huntsville Utilities said on Friday night that it had encountered 45 downed utility poles, 14 more damaged, 110 downed power lines and 64 downed trees as a result of Friday’s storms.
Huntsville utility crews have worked to restore some of those damaged poles, lines, and tree issues, but as of Saturday morning, they are still restoring and finding new downed or damaged poles and lines, as well as tree issues.
Crews are still in the field working to restore power as quickly, and safely as possible.
They did warn customers they were unsure of any specific time that power may be restored.
As of 6:19 a.m., Decatur Utilities reported crews were able to restore power to all but around 200 customers. About 130 of those customers remain without power as a result of a larger outage in the Magnolia Street/Stratford Road area. The other 70 customers are still without power due to 12 smaller outages.
Decatur Utilities originally reported they had as many as 1,784 customers without power on Friday afternoon.
As of 8:21 a.m., Athens Utilities in Limestone County said 1,200 people remained without power, down from 6,800 on Friday afternoon. A spokesperson with the City of Athens told News 19 that four major circuits were out earlier in the day, trees had fallen on lines, wind blowing lines and debris snagging lines.
There are also several thousand without power in Lauderdale County and Franklin County.
Section Mayor Rick Hanback told News 19 that one side of town was without power around 1:45 p.m., and he estimated approximately 200-300 customers could be affected.
News 19 is LIVE on-air and online as the storms are moving out of the area.