Strong storms and tornadoes that moved through Tennessee on Saturday, December 9, caused significant damage to CEMC’s distribution system, leaving as many as 32,000 members throughout its five-county service area without power at the height of the storms.
Confirmed tornadoes with winds in excess of 120-150 miles per hour passed through all five of CEMC’s service counties, leaving damage to individual homes and businesses as well as TVA transmission lines and substations. CEMC crews, alongside contract crews from Service Electric, Pike Electric, A&G Tree Service and G&C Tree Service, worked quickly, restoring power to all but 1,000 members within 12 hours. Contract crews from MDR were released to assist CDE with damage in the city of Clarksville.
We understand power outages, especially during a year of historic outage events, are incredibly inconvenient and we want to thank our members for their patience, support and encouragement during this event.