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Rain, ice leave thousands without power in Tipton Co.

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TIPTON COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

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Thousands of Mid-South homeowners still have no power after a damaging ice storm struck the region Tuesday.

One of the worst hit counties is Tipton County in western Tennessee. A day after the storm crews continue to work to her thousands of homeowners and businesses out of the dark.

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 Across the county life for some is at a standstill. As the winter blast, with its rain and ice hit the entire county, power went out for thousands.

Dangerous conditions overnight into the morning hours Wednesday slowly but surly had Southwest Tennessee Energy crews 100 strong out on the roads restoring power and searching for downed lines.

Ice covering nearly every tree and powerline across Tipton County as temperatures, for the most part, stayed near or below freezing.

During the clean-up and restoration, gunshots were heard. FOX13 News found out utility crews were using guns to knock down large tree limbs covered in ice.

Struggling sunshine Wednesday morning was a possible savior as the early morning hours turned into afternoon. But that wasn't the case.

Tipton County Schools were closed Wednesday and will remain closed Thursday, and local officials asking residents to stay inside and off the roads.

But those in homes weren't immune to Mother Nature's wrath. A tree crashed down on a house.

So as Wednesday afternoon turns into evening, those in Tipton County are thankful because despite the wicked weather and power loss, it could have been worse.

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More than 10,000 homes in Tipton County without power Tuesday evening after heavy rain soaked the Mid-South.

A lot of limbs heavy from the rain and ice fell on the lines.

The rain has died down up here in Covington so that's helping a lot especially with all the flash flooding they saw earlier. Nearly 20 roads were closed at one point - that's down to single digits now after local fire crews cleaned up limbs, public works also helping.

More than 50-percent of Tipton County still without power.

Tipton County Emergency Management's concern through the overnight hours is the ice accumulating on the trees from all of Tuesday's cold, soaking rain and causing more down power lines, meaning more people without power.

Snowball effect of problems coming from this weather, crews and EMA are out working on all of this throughout the night into Wednesday.

"Our concern in the county is the people getting out and driving and being underneath the trees that are going to fall and when they fall they usually take power lines with them," said Tommy Duvant, Tipton County EMA Director.

"Southwest Electric is working hard to get power back on but it's going to be a while before we get the power up, so as the night goes on there's still ice on the trees," added Tipton County Mayor Jeff Huffman.

Tipton County EMA crews urge residents to stay home Wednesday as schools are closed.
They've seen a lot of vehicles with fallen limbs and they want to avoid repeat accidents like that.
Anyone in Tipton County with information on road hazards, downed trees an power lines call Central Dispatch at 901-475-4300.

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