Summer Storm System Hits CAEC

A storm front originating in Kentucky and Tennessee reached central Alabama at approximately 3 p.m. on June 28, bringing with it wind gusts upward of 50 miles per hour and intense lightning, according to the National Weather Service out of Birmingham.

High-speed wind gusts downed hundreds of trees and broke 20 poles throughout CAEC’s 10-county service area causing widespread power outages. Crews and dispatchers worked throughout the night and into the next day, Friday, June 29, in an effort to restore electricity.

The storm left CAEC with more than 245 outages, affecting approximately 12,865 members in all 10 counties served.

More than 100 employees worked to restore power, including crews from Wiregrass EC, Dixie Electric Power Association from Mississippi, and Snapping Shoals EMC and Carroll EMC both out of Georgia.

Below is a county by county breakdown of the number of members without power during this event:

Autauga: 3,586

Bibb: 5

Chilton: 1,789

Coosa: 1,767

Dallas: 577

Elmore: 4,862

Lowndes: 45

Perry: 21

Talladega: 75

Tallapoosa: 119