City prepares for planned power outage

West Point (Drew Powell, WTVA)
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Updated: 10/31/2013 9:33 am
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — The city of West Point is gearing up for a planned power outage.

This coming Saturday morning from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., the city will be without power.

Crews with the Tennessee Valley Authority will be installing a new primary pole at the north substation.

The work will require the power to be out for as much as five hours.

City officials say they're hopeful the work will be completed in just a few hours.

Once the upgrade work is completed, it will enable the city's power system to withstand more severe weather.

"Obviously, it gives us a better opportunity to having continued service without interruption," said Randy Jones, the city's chief administrative officer. "It can sustain thunderstorm pressures that may arise in the neighborhood."

The loss of power will affect cordless phones but is not expected to have an effect on cell phones or landline phones.
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