CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Thousands of residents were left in the dark Thursday afternoon after high winds knocked out several electric substations in Clarksville.
Just before 5 p.m. over 9,500 people were said to be without power in the city. Officials said the outage began around noon when the city's eastern substation went down. The hardest hit areas of the city were Ft. Campbell Boulevard, 101st Parkway, and the Madison Street area.
Around noon strong winds knocked over a metal structure at CDE Lightband's Primary substation causing it to fall on to high voltage lines. That started the initial loss of power.
Other stations, East, Ladd and District, also fell victim to the gusty winds. At one time more than 9,500 CDE Lightband customers were in the dark.
At at convenience store at the corner of Madison Street and Memorial Boulevard clerks word by candlelight.
The store was still open for business, but the clerks could only accept cash and had to keep track of sales the old fashioned way.
"I have to write down what you're getting and use the calculator to total the tax into it and then get the exact change, or change back for you from the drawers," said Jasmine McGee.
By 6 p.m. CDE Lightband crews had restored power to the majority of their customers.
In Nashville, crews also battled high winds and power outage. Around 3 p.m. Thursday over 3,000 people were without power.
Meteorologists reported wind gusts of up to 45 mph in the mid-state