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MOUNT VERNON — Tornado sirens across Knox County were sounding their warning signals Wednesday evening as strong thunderstorms carrying the possibility of tornados rolled through the county. But, compared to surrounding areas, Knox County dodged a bullet as far as major damage and power outages caused by Wednesday’s storms are concerned.
Pam Hawk, spokeswoman for Consolidated Electric, which serves western rural Knox County, said the company had 230 customers out in Delaware County due to clipped power poles, but “Knox County is clear.”
Crews have been dispatched to restore power to the 579 Energy Cooperative consumers without power. Palmyra, with 504 customers without power, was hit the hardest and St. Louisville is next with 60 without electric service. Other outages: Apple Valley, 2; Bladensburg, 4; Brandon, 1; and Martinsburg, 7. As of this morning, there was no estimated time as to when power would be restored.
In Knox County, 151 American Electric Power customers are without power. Restoration is expected by 4 p.m., according to spokeswoman Suzanne Priore.
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