Putnam County officials warn residents of long-term power outages

Ice brings power outages in Northern Tennessee
Posted at 10:21 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 23:21:32-05

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Putnam County officials warned residents of long-term power outages due to the winter storm hitting the mid-state.

County Mayor Randy Porter announced on social media that Upper Cumberland Electric notified the Emergency Operations Center that long-term power outages are expected with some customers potentially without power up to 24 hours.

He said falling trees and limbs could down power lines overnight and into Tuesday.

Anyone currently without power was urged to make alternate plans to stay with family before road conditions deteriorate throughout the night into Tuesday morning.

Mayor Porter also urged people to report a power outage by contacting their electric service provider not calling 911. "Calling 911 or an emergency response agency will not restore your power any sooner, and in fact may delay life-saving care to those who need it," he said in the Facebook post.