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Alabama Power: 69,100 customers remain without power

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Alabama Power crews working to restore service to customers in Jasper on Tuesday. (abc3340.com) Alabama Power crews working to restore service to customers in Jasper on Tuesday. (abc3340.com)
An Alabama Power employee working to repair service in Etowah County Tuesday. (abc3340.com) An Alabama Power employee working to repair service in Etowah County Tuesday. (abc3340.com)

Update from Alabama Power, 6 p.m.

Alabama Power has now restored service to 153,300 customers, just under 69 percent of the total affected.

As of 6 p.m., 69,100 customers are still without power, and work is still underway in those communities.

39,700 to the east of Birmingham

17,700 in metro Birmingham

11,700 to the west of Birmingham

Alabama Power has also announced the following goals for restoring service:

By midnight Tuesday, we are projecting that 90 percent of customers affected by Monday's storms in greater Birmingham, Hoover, Hueytown, Haleyville and Fayette should be restored.

By midnight Wednesday, the remaining customers in those areas, as well as customers in the hard-hit areas of Jasper, Carbon Hill, Dora, Hayden, Warrior, Trussville and Leeds should be restored.

Also by midnight Wednesday, service should also be restored to 90 percent of the customers in Talladega and Roanoke.

By midnight Thursday, we should have service restored to the hardest hit areas of Anniston, Jacksonville, Heflin, Gadsden, Pell City and Oneonta.

Release from Alabama Power Tuesday afternoon:

The derecho wind event that rolled through the state Monday afternoon hit the heart of our service territory, bringing with it 60-80 mph winds, lightning and hail that caused outages for more than 222,000 Alabama Power customers.

Crews continued to make progress overnight Monday and by 3 p.m. Tuesday had restored power to 66 percent of affected customers. The company continues to work aggressively to restore service to all customers impacted by the storm.

By midnight Tuesday, we are projecting that 90 percent of customers affected by Monday's storms in greater Birmingham, Hoover, Hueytown, Haleyville and Fayette should be restored.

By midnight Wednesday, the remaining customers in those areas, as well as customers in the hard-hit areas of Jasper, Carbon Hill, Dora, Hayden, Warrior, Trussville and Leeds should be restored.

By midnight Wednesday, service should also be restored to 90 percent of the customers in Talladega and Roanoke. By midnight Thursday, we should have service restored to the hardest hit areas of Anniston, Jacksonville, Heflin, Gadsden, Pell City and Oneonta.

Our assessment has revealed that the most significant damage occurred in the eastern part of the state. Statewide, about 75,000 customers remained without service at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Crews from 10 states – Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas – are joining the restoration effort. By Wednesday, 1,500 workers from outside the impacted areas will join the 2,000 Alabama Power employees and contractors already working to restore power.

As power is restored, Alabama Power wants to emphasize the continuing importance of safety:

Stay away from areas where repair crews are working. Stay away from downed lines. Do not drive over lines or under low-hanging lines. Keep children and pets away from downed lines.

Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or anything else caught in power lines. Stay clear of areas with fallen trees or debris where downed lines may be hidden.

If power is still out, please call Alabama Power's automated reporting system at 1-800-888-APCO (2726). It is the fastest way to report an outage or a hazardous situation.

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