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Close to 21,000 still without power in Knoxville area.

9:58 PM, Jun 23, 2011   |    comments
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After power outages have been steadly decreasing since Tuesday evening's storms, the number of outages in the KUB area increased for a short time once again on Thursday. 

Thursday afternoon, the number of people without power decreased to 21,000.

By 8:45 p.m., the number of people without power rose back to more than 26,000. Close to 9:45 p.m. the number of people without power fell back down to 21,000.

With thousands still without power KUB is calling in extra help from around East Tennessee and from other states.

Nearly three dozen "Pike Electric" Crews are in the Knoxville area on Thursday and they are climbing power poles, repairing broken ones and reconnecting cables, all in hopes of making this historic power outage a little shorter.

The Pike Crews come from as close as Clinton and as far away as Indiana. KUB said bringing in extra help is just one action they learned to take after the spring storms.

While storms are moving through the area there have not been any reports of severe damage. Trees and power lines have been reported to be down in several areas. 

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