Alabama Power on track for restoration deadline, about 300 still without power in Calhoun County
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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An Anniston work crew cleans up storm damage in Zinn Park Tuesday. (Anniston Star photo by Eddie Burkhalter)
An Anniston work crew cleans up storm damage in Zinn Park Tuesday. (Anniston Star photo by Eddie Burkhalter)
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A little more than 300 customers were still without power in Calhoun County Thursday afternoon, three days after damaging winds tore through the area and left hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the state without electricity.

Alyson Tucker, a spokeswoman with Alabama Power, said as of 2 p.m. Thursday, 168 customers in the Anniston and Oxford area and 136 in Jacksonville were still without power as crews worked in the area to reach the final residential pockets of the region.

“For the houses we have left, in some cases entire pieces of equipment need to be replaced,” Tucker said. “Sometimes there’s down trees that we need to clear that have taken us longer to get to these neighborhoods.”

In eastern Alabama, a total of 7,423 customers were still without power as of this afternoon, but Tucker said Alabama Power “was on target” to completely restore power to the entire region by midnight tonight.

That’s about the time Calhoun County looks to be hit with another, minor winter storm. According to a National Weather Service representative in Calera, Calhoun County will get “extremely light” snowfall late tonight into Friday morning, with possible accumulation in higher, grassier areas.

“It won’t be widespread,” the representative said. “It’s not going to be a white spring.”

The snow won’t hang around, the representative said, and Weather Service meteorologists don’t expect any hazardous conditions for the area.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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