(Tipton County, TN) Winter weather has meant an especially frustrating week for people in Tipton County, where as many as 10,000 Southwest Tennessee Electric customers have been without electricity.
By Thursday morning, about 650 customers were still without power, but crews were working to have everyone back on the power grid by Thursday night.
Southwest Tipton County was especially hard hit with outages.
A kerosene heater has been a life saver for Greg King and his family.
“That’s the only heat we got,” said King.
The King’s live in southwest Tipton County not far from Drummonds, in an area where there have been a high number of power outages.
“Been having to go back and forth to the store, getting fuel, kerosene, to keep a fire in the house to keep the pipes from thawing out. Got to stay warm,” said Greg King.
King’s electricity went out Monday after ice-covered tree limbs brought power lines crashing down.
But Thursday afternoon, something wonderful happened when King tried the light switch.
“Power just came on. It’s good to see, right?” said King.
King couldn’t wait turn on News Channel Three to catch Tim Simpson’s weather forecast.
“Temperatures in the 20s and 30s. Warming into the 40s by Sunday.”
With the electricity back on, life has changed for the better for Greg King and his family.
“Total relief. I can keep the grandbabies warm and everybody’s happy,” Greg King said with a smile.
A few miles down Ray Bluff Road, Susan Phelps was also ready for life to return to normal.
“Our power went out just a little after lunch time Tuesday and it came on close to about ten o’clock last night I guess,” said Phelps.
The weatherhead on the side or her house was damaged by icy limbs and a frozen powerline, so Thursday her power was off again while electricians made repairs.
“You can’t have coffee till you get the electricity back on,” Phelps said jokingly to workers.
Phelps’ backyard looked like an ice bomb went off with fallen limbs everywhere.
Some even damaged her chicken coop, but she did what she needed to do to keep them safe and warm.
“I put them crates and brought them into the guest room. And they’re living the high life right now,” said Phelps.
Two warming shelters, one in Munford and one in Covington, were supposed to stay open at least through Thursday.
We’re told there are no Tipton County roads closed at this time due to ice or fallen trees.