Thou­sands re­main with­out power af­ter strong storm

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES - BY ADRIAN SAINZ

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.

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