GOOD MORNING WEST TN, Monday, 11/11/02
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script iconTOP STORIES script iconBIZ BRIEF
script iconCARROLL CO. WX script iconTOP STORIES
script iconBELLS TORNADO script iconCARROLL COUNTY
script iconB-BELLS TORNADO script iconBELLS TORNADO
script iconCROCKETT CO. script iconB-BELLS TORNADO
script iconUNION UNIV. script iconCROCKETT COUNTY
script iconMADISON CO WX script iconUNION UNIV
script iconMEDINA WX script iconMADISON WX
script iconCOVINGTON WX script iconMEDINA WX
script iconPOWER OUTAGES script iconCOVINGTON
script iconGAS PRICES script iconPOWER OUTAGES


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HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE STORIES WE'LL BE BRINGING YOU THIS MORNING.
TWELVE PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AND FORTY FIVE ARE STILL MISSING, AFTER A SECOND WAVE OF STRONG STORMS MOVED THROUGH TENNESSEE YESTERDAY.
AND, RESCUERS ARE CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR MISSING PEOPLE IN MORGAN COUNTY THIS MORNING WHERE SEVEN DEATHS OCCURRED.
PLUS UNION UNIVERSITY HERE IN JACKSON, AND ONE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, CLOSES ITS' CLASSES TODAY, DUE TO SATURDAY NIGHT'S STORMS.
script iconCARROLL CO. WX
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THE STORM HAS PASSED. BUT THE DESTRUCTION OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS IS STILL VERY EVIDENT ALL AROUND WEST TENNESSEE.
WE START THIS MORNING WITH A LOOK AT THE IMPACT THAT THIS WEEKEND'S STORMS' HAD AROUND WEST TENNESSEE AND HOW ONE FAMILY'S LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
ERICA FOX HAS MORE ON THE STORM'S AFTERMATH.
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SHERIFF BARTHOLOMEW SAYS AN F2 TORNADO WITH WINDS UP TO ONE HUNDRED THIRTY MILES AN HOUR HIT OLD STAGE ROAD LAST NIGHT.
IT CAUSED MONUMENTAL DAMAGE, INJURIES, AND ONE FATALITY.
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS LAQUETTA FORSYTHE WAS KILLED WHEN HER MOBILE HOME UPLIFTED AND COLLIDED INTO A NEIGHBORING MOBILE HOME.
THE SHERIFF SAYS TWO OTHERS, A BOY AND YOUNG GIRL WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THE COLISION. HE DIDN'T RELEASE THEIR NAMES OR AGES
BUT HE SAYS ONE OF THE VICTIMS IS NOT DOING WELL.
LAQUETTA FORSYTHE'S FAMILY DECLINED TO SPEAK ON CAMERA.
DANIE JOHNSON HAS BEEN FORSYTHE'S NEIGHBOR FOR EIGHT YEARS.
SOT- DANIE
SOT- SHERIFF
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script iconBELLS TORNADO
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AND FOR MANY RESIDENTS IN THE BELLS COMMUNITY- THE CALM HAS FINALLY SET IN FOR WHAT SEEMS TO ALSO BE ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS IN WEST TENNESSEE.
JUST BEFORE 10 PM SATURDAY NIGHT THERE WERE REPORTS OF SOMETHING RIPPING THROUGH THE BELLS NURSING HOME. NOW THAT SOMETHING WAS LATER CONFIRMED AS A TORNADO.
HEAVY RAINS.HIGH WINDS AND THE THREAT OF ANOTHER POSSIBLE TORNADO CAUSED EMERGENCY WORKERS TO MOVE QUICKLY TO GET RESDIENTS TO A TEMPORARY SHELTER.
THE ROOF WAS KNOCKED IN AND POWER LINES WERE DOWN ALL AROUND THE BUILDING.
THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES.
THEN AT DAYBREAK.RESIDENTS WERE TRANSPORTED FROM THE TEMPORARY SHELTER TO A SECURE LOCATION.
AND DUE TO THE DESTRUCTION, EMERGENCY WORKERS SAY THE EVENTS HAPPENED SO FAST. MORE TIME IS NEEDED TO SORT OUT WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT.
script iconB-BELLS TORNADO
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VERBATIM
EMERGENCY CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING NON-STOP SINCE THE SYSTEM HIT IN BELLS.
POLICE SAY THE CLEAN UP PROCESS HAS BEEN VERY SMOOTH CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THAT THE COMMUNITY-RESPONSE HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING.
script iconCROCKETT CO.
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AND EVEN THOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN MANY REPORTS OF DESTRUCTION IN THE AREA, SCHOOLS ACROSS WEST TENNESSEE ARE SCHEDULED AS USUAL THIS MORNING.
AT THIS POINT THE ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM CLOSING WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF IS CROCKETT COUNTY SCHOOLS.
AGAIN.CROCKETT COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY.
AND VETERANS DAY SERVICES FOR THOSE IN CROCKETT COUNTY HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY MORNING.
AS FOR JACKSON-MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS.
THEY ARE OPEN.BUT PARENTS SHOULD USE THEIR JUDGEMENT CONCERNING BUS ROUTES.
WITH THE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.ESPECIALLY IN THE *CHANNING WAY* AREA BUSES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET TO THEIR REGULAR STOPS.
script iconUNION UNIV.
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ANOTHER INSTITUTION OF LEARNING ATTEMPTING TO RE-GROUP AND RE-ORANGINZE AFTER A HARD HIT FROM THE STORMS WILL ALSO TAKE A BREAK FROM TODAY'S SCHEDULE.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS AT UNION UNIVERISTY, HERE IN JACKSON SAYS ALL CLASSES FOR TODAY WILL BE CANCELED.THAT INCLUDES DAY.NIGHT.AND SEMINARY CLASSES.
HOWEVER.SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE ASKING ALL FACULTY TO REPORT TO CAMPUS TO HELP WITH THE CLEAN-UP PROCESS.
THEY ARE ASKING THAT ALL OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS STAY OFF CAMPUS.UNTIL THEY GET THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL.
OFFICIALS SAY THERE WERE NO MAJOR INJURIES TO STUDENTS.
AND HOUSING HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO WERE DISPLACED.
STUDENTS SAY LAST NIGHT'S STORM WAS QUITE AN EXPERIENCE.
UNION OFFICIALS SAY OVER 5 HUNDRED CARS IN THE PARKING LOT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED.
ENGINEERS AND MAINTENANCE PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE.AND THE TENNESSEE BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF AGENCY IS ALSO ASSISTING.
script iconMADISON CO WX
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OTHER AREAS IN JACKSON/MADISON COUNTY ALSO EXPERIENCED THEIR SHARE OF DAMAGE FROM THE STORMS.
MOST OF THE RUINS ARE SITUATED NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40.
MANY BUSINESSES ALONG THE BY-PASS HAVE SUSTAINED MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
AND SEVERAL RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE DEALING WITH UPROOTED AND FALLEN TREES.DEBRIS.AND IN SOME AREAS.EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO HOMES.
REPORTS AT THIS POINT SHOW APPROXIMATELY 20 HOMES DAMAGED IN THE CHANNING WAY AREA.
THE HIGH WINDS OF THIS WEEKEND'S STORM PORVED TO BE TOO MUCH FOR SOME ROOFS.
AND TREES.LIMBS.AND OTHER DEBRIS LITTERED STREETS FROM CHANNING WAY ALL THE WAY UP TO THE COUNTY LINE.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS OFFERING AID AROUND THE ENTIRE AREA. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE GOODS OR MONEY CALL THEM AT 731-427-5543 OR STOP BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AT 718 N. HIGHLAND HERE IN JACKSON.
script iconMEDINA WX
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AREAS OF GIBSON COUNTY ALSO FELL VICTIM TO THE VIOLENT STORMS THE PAST TWO NIGHTS.
THE CITY OF MEDINA WAS BUSY CLEANING UP AFTER THE STORM DOWNED TREES AND SCATTERED DEBRIS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.
SOME PEOPLE IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS ALSO SPENT THEIR WEEKEND PICKING UP THE PIECES.
THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF MAJOR RESIDENTIAL DAMAGE IN A NEW SUBDIVISION IN THE WESTERN PART OF MEDINA AND DAMAGE TO A SCHOOL IN DOWNTOWN MEDINA.
script iconCOVINGTON WX
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AND IN AREAS OF TIPTON COUNTY. PROPERTY DAMAGE LEFT MANY RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS OWNERS OCCUPIED WITH SOME CLEAN UP OF THE AFTERMATH.
STORMS THAT STRUCK THE COVINGTON, TENNESSEE AREA LEFT DAMAGED BUSINESS SIGNS BLOWN TO THE GROUND.
MANY BUSINESS OWNERS SPENT THE DAY TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES FOR THE WORK-WEEK CUSTOMERS.
DRIVERS WERE ALSO AFFECTED AS DAMAGING WINDS KNOCKED OUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN THE VICINITY.
script iconPOWER OUTAGES
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RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN HAMPERED IN THEIR CLEAN- UP PROCESS THIS WEEKEND, DUE TO LACK OF ELECRICITY.
BUT, UTILITY CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO HELP SPEED UP THE PROCESS.
OVER 5 THOUSAND CUSTOMERS WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER THIS WEEKEND AND *JACKSON ENERGY AUTHORITY* CREWS WORKED THROUGH THE WEEKEND TO GET POWER BACK.
AND STILL THIS MORNING CLOSE TO 4 HUNDRED CUSTOMERS ARE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.
*J-E-A'S* ELECTRIC SYSTEM NORTH OF *I-40* WAS THE HARDEST HIT.
BUT AFTER THE MOST RECENT STORMS OUTAGES ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT SOUTH JACKSON.
*J-E-A* ESTIMATES PORTIONS OF PLANTATION.CHANNING WAY.SUNHAVEN.BARRETT PLACE.AND HENDERSON ROAD SHOULD BE BACK UP BY THIS MORNING.
IN THE MEANTIME.OFFICIALS CAUTION RESIDENTS TO STAY CLEAR OF ALL DOWNED POWER LINES AND TO REPORT ANY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS TO *J-E-A* AT 422-7500.
script iconGAS PRICES
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IT SEEMS GAS PRICES HAVE BEEN HOLDING THEIR OWN FOR THE PAST 2 WEEKS NATIONWIDE.
INDUSTRY ANALYSTS SAY IT'S BECAUSE OF PLENTIFUL SUPPLIES AND FALLING CRUDE PRICES.
THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS.INCLUDING ALL GRADES AND TAXES IS ABOUT *1 DOLLAR AND 49 CENTS*.
ANALYSTS ALSO SAY THERE'S GOOD NEWS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
WHOLESALE PRICES ARE FALLING IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.AND RETAIL PRICES ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW.
script iconBIZ BRIEF
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NOW HERE'S MORE ON YOUR BUSINESS AND CONSUMER NEWS.
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script iconTOP STORIES
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HERE'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE STORIES WE'LL BE BRINGING YOU THIS MORNING.
TWELVE PEOPLE ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AND FORTY FIVE ARE STILL MISSING, AFTER A SECOND WAVE OF STRONG STORMS MOVED THROUGH TENNESSEE YESTERDAY. ONE OF THOSED DEATHS OCURRED IN NEARBY CARROLL COUNTY, TWO IN COFFEE COUNT AND TWO IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.
AND, RESCUERS ARE CONTINUING TO SEARCH FOR MISSING PEOPLE IN MORGAN COUNTY THIS MORNING WHERE SEVEN DEATHS OCCURRED.
PLUS UNION UNIVERSITY HERE IN JACKSON, CLOSES ITS' CLASSES TODAY, DUE TO SATURDAY NIGHT'S STORMS. THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES, HOWEVER THERE IS SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS AND THE AREA AROUND THE CAMPUS.
script iconCARROLL COUNTY
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THE EFFECTS OF LAST NIGHT'S STORMS ARE STILL VISIBLE ALL ACROSS THE MIDSOUTH.
MANY WEST TENNESSEEANS SPENT THE WEEKEND PICKING UP WHAT'S LEFT OF THE STORMS WHILE ATTEMPTING TO GET BACK TO NORMAL.
FOR MOST.THE DAMAGE WAS ONLY MATERIAL,
BUT UNFORTUNATELY A TORNADO IN CARROLL COUNTY NOT ONLY DAMAGED PROPERTY. IT TOOK THE LIFE OF AN ELDERLY WOMAN.
ERICA FOX HAS MORE ON THE TRADEGY OUTSIDE OF HUNTINGDON.
SOT- 02:18:24 DANIE
THIS DISASTER WAS THE F2 TORNADO
WITH WINDS UP TO ONE HUNDRED THIRTY MILES AN HOUR THAT
RIPPED THROUGH OLD STAGE ROAD. IT CAUSED HEAVY DAMAGE
AND ONE DEATH.
SOT- 02:15:40 DANIE
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS LAQUETTA FORSYTHE WAS KILLED
WHEN HER MOBILE HOME WAS UPLIFTED AND COLLIDED INTO A
NEARBY MOBILE HOME.
SOT- 02:11:00 BENDELL
THERE WERE OTHERS EFFECTED.
SOT- 02:09:33 BENDELL
THIS TRAGEDY HAS PEOPLE WONDERING WHY
SOT- DANIE 02:17:47
script iconBELLS TORNADO
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IN A UPDATE OF SOME OTHER AREAS ACROSS WEST TENNESSEE THE DAY AFTER THE DESTRUCTION.
FOR MANY RESIDENTS IN THE *BELLS COMMUNITY*- THE CALM HAS FINALLY SET IN AFTER WHAT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN THE AREA THAT WAS HARDEST HIT.
JUST BEFORE 10 PM SATURDAY NIGHT THERE WERE REPORTS OF SOMETHING RIPPING THROUGH THE BELLS NURSING HOME. NOW THAT SOMETHING WAS LATER CONFIRMED AS A TORNADO.
HEAVY RAINS.HIGH WINDS AND THE THREAT OF ANOTHER POSSIBLE TORNADO CAUSED EMERGENCY WORKERS TO MOVE QUICKLY TO GET RESDIENTS TO A TEMPORARY SHELTER.
THE ROOF WAS KNOCKED IN AND POWER LINES WERE DOWN ALL AROUND THE BUILDING.
THERE WERE NO SERIOUS INJURIES.
THEN AT DAYBREAK.RESIDENTS WERE TRANSPORTED FROM THE TEMPORARY SHELTER TO A SECURE LOCATION.
AND DUE TO THE DESTRUCTION, EMERGENCY WORKERS SAY THE EVENTS HAPPENED SO FAST. MORE TIME IS NEEDED TO SORT OUT WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT.
script iconB-BELLS TORNADO
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VERBATIM
EMERGENCY CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING NON-STOP SINCE THE SYSTEM HIT IN BELLS.
POLICE SAY THE CLEAN UP PROCESS HAS BEEN VERY SMOOTH CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THAT THE COMMUNITY-RESPONSE HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING.
script iconCROCKETT COUNTY
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AND EVEN THOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN MANY REPORTS OF DESTRUCTION IN THE AREA, SCHOOLS ACROSS WEST TENNESSEE ARE SCHEDULED AS USUAL THIS MORNING.
AT THIS POINT THE ONLY CLOSING WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF IS CROCKETT COUNTY SCHOOLS.
AGAIN.CROCKETT COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY.
AND VETERANS DAY SERVICES FOR THOSE IN CROCKETT COUNTY HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY MORNING.
AS FOR JACKSON-MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS.
THEY ARE OPEN.BUT PARENTS SHOULD USE THEIR JUDGEMENT CONCERNING BUS ROUTES.
WITH THE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.ESPECIALLY IN THE *CHANNING WAY* AREA BUSES MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET TO THEIR REGULAR STOPS.
script iconUNION UNIV
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ANOTHER INSTITUTION OF LEARNING HIT HARD FROM THE STORMS WILL ALSO TAKE A BREAK FROM TODAY'S SCHEDULE.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS AT UNION UNIVERISTY SAY ALL CLASSES FOR TODAY WILL BE CANCELED.THAT INCLUDES DAY.NIGHT.AND SEMINARY CLASSES.
HOWEVER.SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE ASKING ALL FACULTY TO REPORT TO CAMPUS TO HELP WITH THE CLEAN-UP PROCESS.
THEY ARE ASKING THAT ALL OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS STAY OFF CAMPUS.UNTIL THEY GET THE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL.
OFFICIALS SAY THERE WERE NO MAJOR INJURIES TO STUDENTS.
AND HOUSING HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO WERE DISPLACED.
STUDENTS SAY LAST NIGHT'S STORM WAS QUITE AN EXPERIENCE.
UNION OFFICIALS SAY OVER 5 HUNDRED CARS IN THE PARKING LOT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED.
ENGINEERS AND MAINTENANCE PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE.AND THE TENNESSEE BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF AGENCY IS ALSO ASSISTING.
script iconMADISON WX
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OTHER AREAS IN JACKSON/MADISON COUNTY ALSO EXPERIENCED THEIR SHARE OF DAMAGE FROM THE STORMS.
MOST OF THE RUINS ARE SITUATED NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40.
MANY BUSINESSES ALONG THE BY-PASS HAVE SUSTAINED MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
AND SEVERAL RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE DEALING WITH UPROOTED AND FALLEN TREES.DEBRIS.AND IN SOME AREAS.EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO HOMES.
REPORTS AT THIS POINT SHOW APPROXIMATELY 20 HOMES DAMAGED IN THE CHANNING WAY AREA.
THE HIGH WINDS OF THIS WEEKEND'S STORM PORVED TO BE TOO MUCH FOR SOME ROOFS.
AND TREES.LIMBS.AND OTHER DEBRIS LITTERED STREETS FROM CHANNING WAY ALL THE WAY UP TO THE COUNTY LINE.
script iconMEDINA WX
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AREAS OF GIBSON COUNTY ALSO FELL VICTIM TO THE VIOLENT STORMS OF THE PAST TWO NIGHTS.
DOWNED TREES AND SCATTERED DEBRIS IN THE DOWNTOWN DISTIRCT KEPT MANY BUSINESSES BUSY CLEANING UP THE DAMAGE.
SOME IN THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS ALSO SPENT THEIR WEEKEND PICKING UP THE PIECES.
NOW THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF MAJOR RESIDENTIAL DESTRUCTION IN A NEW SUBDIVISION IN THE WESTERN PART OF MEDINA AND DAMAGE TO A SCHOOL IN DOWNTOWN MEDINA.
script iconCOVINGTON
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AND IN TIPTON COUNTY. PROPERTY DAMAGE LEFT MANY RESIDENTIAL AND BUSINESS OWNERS OCCUPIED WITH SOME CLEAN UP OF THE AFTERMATH.
STORMS THAT STRUCK THE COVINGTON, TENNESSEE AREA LEFT DAMAGED BUSINESS SIGNS BLOWN TO THE GROUND.
MANY BUSINESS OWNERS SPENT THE DAY TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES FOR THE WORK-WEEK CUSTOMERS.
DRIVERS WERE ALSO AFFECTED AS DAMAGING WINDS KNOCKED OUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN THE VICINITY.
script iconPOWER OUTAGES
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RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN HAMPERED IN THEIR CLEAN- UP PROCESS THIS WEEKEND, DUE TO A LACK OF ELECTRICITY.
BUT, UTILITY CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO HELP SPEED UP THE PROCESS.
OVER 5 THOUSAND CUSTOMERS WERE LEFT WITHOUT POWER THIS WEEKEND AND *JACKSON ENERGY AUTHORITY* CREWS WORKED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO GET POWER BACK.
AND STILL THIS MORNING CLOSE TO 4 HUNDRED CUSTOMERS ARE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.
*J-E-A'S* ELECTRIC SYSTEM NORTH OF *I-40* WAS THE HARDEST HIT.
BUT AFTER THE MOST RECENT STORMS OUTAGES ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT SOUTH JACKSON.
*J-E-A* ESTIMATES PORTIONS OF PLANTATION.CHANNING WAY.SUNHAVEN.BARRETT PLACE.AND HENDERSON ROAD SHOULD BE BACK UP BY THIS MORNING.
IN THE MEANTIME.OFFICIALS CAUTION RESIDENTS TO STAY CLEAR OF ALL DOWNED POWER LINES AND TO REPORT ANY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS TO *J-E-A* AT 422-7500.
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