published Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

14,000 still without power in Tennessee Valley

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More than 14,000 homes and businesses remain without power across the Tennessee Valley because of uprooted power poles and lines from Friday’s storms, TVA said late today.

TVA spokesman Mike Bradley said two TVA transmission lines were returned to service today, but 10 are still under repair following the tornadoes and high winds that swept across the Valley Friday.

“The TVA transmission system remains stable and secure,” Bradley said in a statement. “All distributors of TVA power are connected to the TVA grid and the final customer connection point was reconnected.”

Among TVA’s 157 distributors, 14 report power outages in North Alabama and Georgia, Middle, East, and Southeast Tennessee and North Carolina.

TVA says all three of its nuclear sites remain safe despite the transmission line problems from the storm. Sequoyah Unit 2 near Soddy Daisy has increased generation from 70 percent to 80 percent power, but remains limited due to transmission lines being out of service in the area of the plant.

Sequoyah Unit 1 has been shut down since Feb. 27 for a scheduled refueling outage and will not be returning to operation until later this month.

The three units at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Ala., and Unit 1 at Watts Bar near Spring City, Tenn., are operating at full power.

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