More local school closings Monday because of power outages

Get the latest on the recovery and effects from Saturday's strong winds caused by Tropical Storm Olga.

Posted: Oct 26, 2019 5:15 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2019 9:07 AM

8 p.m. Sunday

Corinth and Alcorn County schools will be closed Monday because of power outages.

Tree damaged at a home in Corinth. (Sunny Grimes)

The former Tupelo Automobile Museum building sustained serious damage on Saturday.

3:22 p.m. Sunday

Prentiss County schools will be closed Monday because of power outages across the county.

3 p.m. Sunday

Tombigbee EPA general manager Bill Long said not all customers will get power back on Sunday because of the number of damaged or broken power poles that must be replaced.

He added the number of customers without power is down to 4, 701 as of 3 p.m.

1:58 p.m. Sunday

From the city of Tupelo:

City officials met this morning to assess storm damage and clean up efforts. We are continuing to restore all power and clean up today. Tupelo Water & Light, Tupelo Public Works and Tombigbee Electric Power Association crews are working in our community. If you have any issues needing attention, please call Tupelo Fire Station 1 at 662-841-6439.

There are still traffic lights which are not working:
•McCullough Boulevard & Coley Road
•Barnes Crossing
•Mount Vernon
Until power is restored to these lights, please use caution and treat intersections as a four way stop.

Any brush moved to curbs will be picked up by Tupelo Public Works.

1:38 p.m. Sunday

From East Mississippi EPA:

Crews have knocked the outages down to 213 in Winston County and continue to work to restore those remaining. Thank you for your continued patience as they work as quickly as possible.

10:50 a.m. Sunday

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Tombigbee Electric Power Association expects power to be restored to all of its customers on Sunday.

General manager Bill Long said roughly 6,500 customers were still without power as of 8 a.m. Sunday.

He added all Tombigbee EPA employees are working to get electricity restored, including those who were on personal leave or outside the state.

Also assisting with the effort are 25 workers from four neighboring power associations.

However, Alcorn County Electric Power Association said it make take several days for customers to get electricity back even though "we are all hands on deck and bringing in more crews from other states and other coops within our state."

More than 7,100 Alcorn County EPA customers were without power as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

4-County Electric Power Association reported more than 700 without power as of 10 a.m. Sunday with most of those customers being in Choctaw County.

East Mississippi Electric Power Association reported nearly 500 power outages in Winston County as of 10 a.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, Natchez Trace Electric Power Association was able to restore power to the WTVA and WLOV transmitters in Chickasaw County, allowing both station to resume broadcasting at full power.

10 p.m. Saturday

From the Tupelo mayor's office:

Mayor Jason Shelton has signed a Proclamation of Local Emergency and Declaration of the City of Tupelo, Mississippi a Disaster Area as the result of thunderstorms and straight line winds on October 26, 2019. Captain Jason Cross of the Tupelo Fire Department has been designated as Coordinator of Emergency Response, with Ben Logan designated as Administrator of the Disaster Relief Effort.

The City of Tupelo is served by two electric utilities—Tupelo Water & Light and Tombigbee Electric Power Association. TW&L has restored the main substation and main sources of power, however approximately 25 poles are still down. As a result, there are still areas served by TW&L which are without power. Crews are working and all power is expected to be restored tomorrow. TEPA still has thousands without power, and crews are working as quickly as possible to restore. Both TW&L and TEPA are aware of all location outages and ask that you refrain from calling. In addition, only emergencies should be called to 911.

We understand that this is a terrible inconvenience to those without power tonight. We ask for your continued patience and understanding as crews from TW&L and TEPA are working diligently to restore power to all customers.

To our first responders, all Tupelo departments, and our citizens who rolled up their sleeves to help their neighbors, we thank you. We will continue clean up tomorrow.

Original story from Saturday

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Crews in Tupelo and surrounding areas are working to restore power and clear wind debris.

Tupelo's various departments are assessing damage.

Emergency situations should be called to 911 and all non-emergency issues should be reported to the Tupelo Water and Light Department at 662-841-6460.

If motorists come upon a non-working traffic light, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Tombigbee Electric Power Association is working to restore power to a large number of customers.

The power company provided an update on Saturday at 7:24 p.m.

"We believe at our max peak of outages today, we had over 19,000. As of now, we have just under 16,000 outages. We will be working all night and into tomorrow to get everyone back on."

Open this link to monitor Tombigbee's Facebook page.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 319948

Reported Deaths: 7371
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DeSoto22285267
Hinds20719421
Harrison18431317
Rankin13901282
Jackson13718248
Madison10263224
Lee10059176
Jones8467167
Forrest7832153
Lauderdale7261242
Lowndes6517150
Lamar635188
Lafayette6313121
Washington5425137
Bolivar4841133
Panola4670110
Oktibbeha466198
Pearl River4605147
Marshall4574105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425873
Monroe4157135
Union415777
Neshoba4063179
Lincoln4008112
Hancock386987
Leflore3515125
Tate342486
Sunflower339491
Pike3371111
Alcorn327272
Scott320374
Yazoo314171
Adams308086
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298589
Tippah291968
Prentiss284161
Leake272074
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264642
Grenada264087
George252251
Newton248663
Tishomingo231868
Winston230181
Jasper222148
Attala215073
Chickasaw210559
Holmes190474
Stone188433
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164134
Walthall135347
Greene131834
Lawrence131124
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127238
Amite126242
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108234
Tunica108127
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548657

Reported Deaths: 11306
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Mobile42105831
Madison35690525
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Lee16278176
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Morgan14629285
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Tallapoosa4138155
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Pike314378
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Marengo250565
Pickens236962
Barbour234559
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Butler224271
Fayette218862
Henry194543
Randolph187544
Cherokee187345
Monroe180041
Washington170539
Macon163051
Clay160059
Crenshaw155957
Cleburne153444
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Lowndes142254
Wilcox126930
Bullock124342
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Perry108626
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Tropical Depression Claudette has now moved into Alabama and Georgia, leaving with some cloud cover but dry conditions. Most of us will stay dry through this Father's Day but some spotty showers will likely through the late afternoon.
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