Thousands remain without power after strong storm
MEMPHIS — Thousands of Memphis residents were still without electricity in their homes and businesses Tuesday, days after a weekend storm lashed the city with powerful winds, knocking down massive trees and power lines.
The storm passed through Arkansas and then strafed the Memphis area late Saturday and early Sunday with winds exceeding 60 mph, the National Weather Service said. No deaths were reported. Two people were injured.
It could have been worse. The storms passed through a busy downtown Memphis, sending parking signs and other debris flying as people walked on sidewalks and motorists slogged through traffic. Trees fell on homes and residential streets. Street and traffic lights were rendered useless, causing traffic accidents.
More than 180,000 customers of Memphis Light, Gas & Water lost power, company president Jerry Collins said. About 70 crews from other utility companies have come to Memphis to help restore power. Collins said service won’t be fully restored for a week.