Power outages reported as freezing rain leads to icy conditions

Power outages reported as freezing rain leads to icy conditions

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Power outages began to develop in West Knoxville Friday afternoon as an ice storm moved through the area.

Earlier in the morning, there were less than 50 reported outages. But as the ice began to accumulate on power lines, more cropped up.

At 12:30 p.m., almost 4,000 customers were without electricity.

In the Western Avenue area of West Knoxville, more than 3,500 customers were affected. That number was nearly 400 in South Knoxville.

Though thousands were affected Friday, the numbers were far less than those affected by a snowstorm that hit the area last week. As many as 28,000 customers were at one time without power during that storm.

By 2 p.m., that number was below 600 customers, with the highest concentrations of outages in the Norwood and the Western Avenue area.

By almost 4 p.m., that number had reduced further to just 150, with nearly half located in a localized area of Northeast Knox County.

KUB said that though there were minimal outages later in the day, they would remain in storm mode overnight to be ready to respond to any outages that might result from heavy ice on branches, trees and power lines.

The utility mobilized crews Thursday ahead of the storm, calling in workers from outside of the area to be prepared for any outages that would pop up because of the icy conditions.

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