Alabama Power has few early issues with outages in area due to weather
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Other than some outages in Heflin that lasted three hours, the winter weather had caused few headaches for Alabama Power in the area by Wednesday afternoon.

A forecast that called for ice and freezing rain led many to fear widespread power outages if power lines and trees became coated and collapsed from the weight of ice.

Alyson Tucker, spokeswoman for Alabama Power, said the winter storm caused about 1,900 Heflin residents to lose electricity Wednesday morning. However, within three hours, the company had restored electricity to all those customers.

Tucker said Alabama Power had extra workers on hand since Wednesday morning stationed in Heflin, Oxford and Gadsden to respond to any weather-related outages. But unlike much of the rest of the central part of the state, by 3 p.m., Anniston had seen mainly rain and none of the snow the National Weather Service had predicted for the area.

Alabama Power also responded to a small outage in Bynum Wednesday afternoon. However, Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge said the outage was not weather-related.

"There was a slight power outage due to a fire of a transformer on a poll and Alabama Power is in route," Partridge said Wednesday afternoon.

Piedmont officials had staffed a call center Wednesday to help customers of that municipal electric utility report outages.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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