More than one million power customers in dark across Alabama

More than one million customers of Alabama Power, the Tennessee Valley Authority and smaller rural cooperatives are without power because of Wednesday's deadly storms.

Alabama Power reports that early Friday morning there were still 250,000 customers without power after Wednesday's storms.

At the peak, the tornadoes and storms knocked out services to more than 412,229 customers in the state.

Thursday afternoon the Alabama Rural Electric Association reported 232,000 of its customers were out of power.{} TVA reported 641,000 homes and businesses were without service as of 6:00pm Thursday.{}

All of the electric companies in the state are struggling to rebuild entire sections of their power grids.{} Alabama Power reports it has 6,300 people working to restore service.{} Crews have been called in to help from other companies in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

TVA reports that 70 large transmission lines are out of service, including a large portion of the major lines serving North Alabama and Mississippi.{} Those problems take much longer to repair than the power poles and lines that snapped across large parts of the state.

Alabama Power reports that all customers in Southeast and Southwest parts of the state are back on line.{} But in Central and North Alabama, it's a different story entirely.

  • Birmingham area (Jefferson, Shelby counties) - 113,803 outages
  • Eastern areas (Including Anniston, Gadsden, Oxford) - 20,057
  • Western areas (Including Bibb, Walker, Tuscaloosa counties) - 111,674
  • Southern areas (Including Selma, Montgomery, Opelika) - 5,211