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Electricity still out in Saltillo area, but TEMA generators powering water system

Areas of north Hardin County, including Saltillo, remain without electrical service Monday morning.
Power provided by Lexington Electric Service was knocked out when a deadly, tornado-producing storm system passed through West Tennessee around 3 a.m. Saturday.
Tennessee had four weather-related fatalities – two in Lake County and one each in Obion and Shelby counties, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. No deaths or injuries were reported in Hardin County from the storm.
Hard hit Kentucky has at least 80 confirmed deaths, state Gov. Andy Beshear said.
Saltillo Mayor Larry Lowery said Monday that a generator is operating at City Hall and that residents can also go to the city community center if needed to stay warm or charge cell phones via generator.
He said the power outage also took down AT&T cell service for a time, but it was restored Sunday.
Hardin County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director LaRae Sliger said Monday that TEMA had provided generators Sunday night to Saltillo Utilities to enable the water system to operate.
Regarding the power situation, Lowery said that TVA and Lexington Electric “still talk like it might be a day or two” before power is restored to the city.

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