Alabama Power 4 p.m. Update:
Alabama Power restores service to 190,000 customers after Monday's severe stormsWork continues to restore power to 32,000 customers statewideCrews have restored service to 86 percent of Alabama Power customers affected by Monday's derecho wind event that left 222,000 people without power. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, crews were working to restore service to 32,000 customers.All customers affected by Monday's storms in greater Birmingham, Hoover, Hueytown, Haleyville and Fayette are expected to be restored tonight. Those in the hardest hit areas of Jasper, Carbon Hill, Dora, Hayden, Warrior, Trussville and Leeds should also be restored by midnight.The eastern part of the state suffered the most severe damage, and crews continue working to restore service there. By midnight Thursday, we expect service to be restored to the hardest hit areas of Anniston, Jacksonville, Heflin, Gadsden, Pell City and Oneonta.More than 3,500 people are involved in the restoration effort, including crews from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.As power is restored, Alabama Power wants to emphasize the continuing importance of safety. If power is still out, please call Alabama Power's automated reporting system at 1-800-888-APCO (2726). It is the fastest way to report an outage or a hazardous situation, such as a downed power line. Also, remember to stay clear of areas with fallen trees, downed lines or debris where downed lines may be hidden.
Alabama Power 2 p.m. Update:
Crews have now restored service to more than 186,600 customers affected by the Monday storm system. That's puts us at 84 percent of the way to total restoration.
However, there are still 35,800 who need power, and we've beefed up the workforce in those communities, to address the needs. As of 2pm, we still had:
28,000 to the east of Birmingham (Gadsden, Oneonta, Attalla, Ashville)4,600 in Metro Birmingham (primarily in Warrior, Morris and Trafford)3,200 to the west of Birmingham (Jasper)
Alabama Power Noon Update:
Our crews have now restored service to 181,500 customers affected by the Monday storm system. That's more than 81 percent of those affected.
There are still 40,900 who need power, and we're working on those today in the following areas:
30,100 to the east of Birmingham (Gadsden, Anniston, Oneonta, Ashville, Attalla)
5,700 in Metro Birmingham (north and east Jefferson County, Odenville)
5,100 to the west of Birmingham (Jasper, Carbon Hill)
Alabama Power 10 a.m. Update:
"Work continues, as we approach 80% of restoration. More than 175,700 customers back online; 46,700 remain."
Alabama Power reported at 8 a.m. Wednesday that it had restored service to 175,300 customers statewide after strong storms knocked power out to over 200,000 homes on Monday.
The company says 47,100 customers are still without service today, but it will receive assistance from 1,500 workers from 10 different states as they begin working in the more heavily-damaged areas.
You can check out the latest updates from the Alabama Power Twitter account (@alabamapower) at the bottom of this post.
Regional Outage Breakdown and Restoring Time Estimates:
33,100 to the east of Birmingham (Gadsden, Anniston, Oneonta, Ashville, Attalla)
8,500 in Metro Birmingham (north and east Jefferson County, Odenville)
5,500 to the west of Birmingham (Jasper, Carbon Hill)
By midnight Wednesday, customers in the hard-hit areas of Jasper, Carbon Hill, Dora, Hayden, Warrior, Trussville and Leeds should be restored.
Also by midnight Wednesday, service should also be restored to 90 percent of the customers in Talladega and Roanoke.€€
By midnight Thursday, we should have service restored to the hardest hit areas of Anniston, Jacksonville, Heflin, Gadsden, Pell City and Oneonta.
Reminder for customers:
"Some who got their power back already might experience a secondary outage. They typically last for less than a half hour, and are necessary for us to safely switch on newly-repaired neighborhoods. If we can avoid doing that, we will."