Friday night’s powerful thunderstorm brought straight line winds approaching 80 mph across the entire area around 11 pm. This storm wreaked havoc on the power grid, downing lines, causing breakers to blow on transformers and sending thousands of people into darkness.
The outages peaked around midnight with over 6000 customers in the LUB footprint in the dark. Jellico Electric and Water also had widespread outages.
As of 12:00pm Saturday LUB’s outage map showed 1950 customers are without power. Down slightly from the 2075 estimated at 7:30am that morning. There were power lines down on Pinecrest Road and Hatmaker Ridge Road that we at the Times witnessed in person, with more lines down and poles broken in other areas.
There was intense tree damage around the Pinecrest area as well as the Back Valley Road area, Davis Chapel, and several other areas around Campbell County. There were trees down in most areas of the county in at least isolated fashion. One tree in Pinecrest fell on a car as it traveled. Another fell on a truck as it sat in a driveway on Hatmaker Ridge.
LUB and Comcast were in the area working on restoring both power and cable to homes in the region throughout the weekend. LUB completed their repairs late Sunday with no word on whether all Comcast customers were restored. Kenny Baird of LUB noted that this outage was more widespread than the outage from the intense thunderstorm that caused major flash flooding two weeks ago. That was also a major outage that required a lot of man hours from LUB workers. They have definitely had a busy month in June as the area has seen round after round of intense storms.