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JEA works to restore power to residents after inclement weather

JACKSON, Tenn. (WNBJ) - Some Jackson residents are dealing with power outages today and last night due to freezing rain and fallen tree limbs on power lines. One resident in one neighborhood talks about how the outages are affecting them.

“This was mild compared to some outages that we’ve had in the past,” said Steve Beverly, a Jackson resident.

Steve Beverly lives in north Jackson and experienced an outage for a few hours early this morning.

“Wake up time was around 7:30 a.m. and we had a little less than three hours of being without power at that point, but we immediately lit the gas log, and it was really not that bad at all,” said Beverly.

Jackson Energy Authority talks about its efforts to restore power.

“We started seeing outages at about 3 a.m. this morning due to the ice started building up mainly north of Interstate 40. At the peak of the outage, we had about 7,000 customers out, but our crews have been out since about 3 o’clock working,” said Robert Mullins, the Senior Manager of Operations with Jackson Energy Authority.

The Senior Manager of Operations at JEA talks about how the rain is causing the outages.

“The big problem is the collection of ice on the tress. It’s more that the trees get weighed down by the ice then they either break or make contact with the lines,” said Mullins.

JEA says crews will continue to work until power is fully restored to every customer.

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