After dipping to a low of near zero last night, utility companies in Hardin and McNairy counties are struggling to cope Friday afternoon as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for days.
Around noon, with the temperature still below 10 degrees, Pickwick Electric Cooperative said it has now stopped doing 30-minute rolling blackouts after power supplier Tennessee Valley Authority withdrew its request to do so. “However, we still ask that you take necessary steps to reduce your electric use until further notice to ensure a stable power grid for all,” PEC said.
Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative is likewise asking for customers to voluntarily reduce power usage.
Other utilities and service providers are also experiencing some difficulties. Internet service provided by CenturyLink, now Brightspeed, was out in some parts of its local service area. Hardin County E-911 advises that there is currently a “low pressure natural gas issue in the Cravens, Pyburns and Northshore area.” A Courier reporter in the Adamsville area said the heat is out at his home due to an issue with the city’s natural gas system.