Tennessee Valley Authority institutes rolling blackouts

NORTH MISSISSIPPI (WCBI) – Unprecedented cold brings unprecedented changes to the region’s power grid.

The Tennessee Valley Authority ordered rolling blackouts throughout the area to reduce stress and power on its grid.

This meant customers were asked to reduce power as much as possible until further notice.

Postpone using large appliances, such as dishwashers and stoves.

Turn down your thermostat. Also, turn off any unused appliances and electrical equipment.

Utility companies in the TVA service territory, which includes most of the WCBI viewing area, had to reduce their power usage by 5%.

This could mean customers would be without electricity for at least 30 minutes and it could happen more than once during this rolling blackout period.

Around mid-afternoon, the TVA announced that the rolling blackouts have ended. If anything changes, an update will be sent to notify the public. If you still are experiencing a power outage, contact your utility company.

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