General Manager Update – Irma to track through Tennessee
Hurricane Irma has slated a more westward path, and the latest track shows the remnants of the storm reaching Tennessee by Tuesday and Wednesday.
“With winds expected to reach 45 mph and significant rain in the forecast, Irma has the entire state of Tennessee in crosshairs,” states Holston Electric Cooperative General Manager Jimmy Sandlin. “While still a Category 4 storm, Irma has already led to deaths and destruction across the Caribbean. Florida residents are already in mass evacuations, and all anyone can do right now is just wait.”
Impending storms throughout the state of Tennessee will possibly lead to outages next week. Thus, crews from Holston Electric Cooperative and other local electric distributors will remain home for the time being. “The last thing we want to do is send employees into a dangerous situation. Deadly Irma is far from done, and once we have an all clear at home, then Holston Electric Cooperative will provide mutual aid in any way possible to our sister states,” added Sandlin. “We will continue to communicate with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as the situation progresses. In the meantime, we encourage all of members to stay safe during the storms we may receive.”