About 80 outages remained in the Johnson City Power Board's service area this afternoon as crews worked to restore service lost in the overnight storms.
Spokesman J.T. McSpadden said service had hoped that services would be fully restored this morning but estimated that restoration could be as late as early afternoon — at least "before people get real hot," referring to the record heat wave gripping the region this week.
He directed smart phone users to the JCPB's Twitter account (twitter.com/#!/JCPowerBoard) for updates on restoration.
About 700 customers were without service around 9 a.m., considerably less than the nearly 13,000 who lost service after the storms rolled in around midnight.
The biggest impact on the network came when lightning struck Walters primary substation, which in turn took four additional substations offline. McSpadden said the Gray, Fall Branch and Leesburg areas were most affected.
Isolated outages occurred through the JCPB's service area, included lines downed by trees.
TVA asked customers Sunday to conserve electricity to help ensure enough was available during the high heat. Monday consumers were notified they could resume normal use of electricity.
The region affected by the voluntary request for conservation is the area served by Johnson City Power Board, Erwin Utilities and Greeneville Light & Power System.
According to a TVA news release, the utility has been able to make some repairs following the fire at the John Sevier switchyard and transfer electrical load to other transmission lines. This has relieved stress on the transmission lines that were heavily loaded.
TVA’s transmission system should be returned to normal Sunday, when repairs at the John Sevier switchyard are scheduled to be completed.
The utilities remind consumers they can save energy, lower the impact on their power bills and reduce peak demand on the TVA system by simply increasing thermostat temperatures a few degrees during the day, turning off unnecessary lights and appliances and operating dishwashers and laundry machines at night and only with full loads. See www.energyright.com for additional information.
As temperatures soared above 100 degrees over the weekend, the TVA and the JCPB issued news releases asking customers to reduce electrical use during peak times of the heat wave.
The National Weather Service in Morristown said temperatures this week will progressively decrease starting today at 96 degrees, Tuesday at 94 and Wednesday at 91.