OUTAGE UPDATE: Currently, Southwest Tennessee Electric has 10,620-members without power. Contract tree trimming crews and neighboring utilities have already mobilized to help. Right now, damage has been fairly contained to Tipton County, west of Highway 51 … but it’s still raining. Call 1-888-440-1990 to report power outages.
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Emergency Response to Weather Conditions Tipton County officials are responding to the weather conditions today as they have worsened in the last few hours. Tipton County has trees and power lines down on at least fifteen 15 roadways. Tipton County EMA Director Tommy Dunavant is coordinating crews and personnel in the Tipton County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Agencies assisting in the efforts are the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, Tipton County Public Works, Tipton County GIS Mapping personnel, various Tipton County Fire Departments, and all electric companies. Department leaders, including Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley and Public Works Director Shannon Reed, are at the EOC to assess personnel needs and respond to the changing demands of this weather event. “We are asking that citizens be aware of the changing driving conditions which may deteriorate later tonight. If at all possible refrain from driving unless necessary. Drivers are cautioned with dangers of falling limbs, trees and power lines.” According to Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley “Currently, personnel and crews have responded to approximately eighty (80) calls related to the current weather conditions. The Munford Parks and Recreation Center located at 63 College Street in Munford is open for citizens seeking shelter due to electricity being out in Tipton County. Crews are working to clear roadways and restore electrical services in those hardest hit areas.” According to EMA Director Tommy Dunavant Southwest Electric Membership has reported 10,620 residents are without electricity currently. Citizens are asked to contact Southwest Electric Company at 1-888-440-1990 to report power outages. This reporting will help to identify grids and specific locations for crews to respond. If anyone has information on road hazards, downed trees and power lines, call Central Dispatch at 475-4300.