13 transmission lines downed as tornadoes rip through Tennessee and force Sequoyah unit to 70% power

The Tennessee Valley Authority has activated its Transmission Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage and manage the response to today’s severe storms.  Sequoyah Unit 2 is currently at about 70 percent power due to transmission lines being out of service in the area of the plant. Watts Bar Unit 1 in Spring City, Tenn., is operating at full power.

More than 57,000 customers of public power agencies in the TVA service area were without power Friday evening in north Alabama, western Kentucky and southeast Tennessee, the power supplier said.

TVA said the severe weather initially knocked out 13 high-voltage transmission lines in northern Alabama and southeastern Tennessee, including some 500-kilovolt lines.  Last year, the system lost several transmission towers when a tornado ripped through Limestone County.  More storms are forecast in the region Friday evening, TVA said.

H/T – Alyse

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