About 10,000 people living in the Memphis, Tennessee, area lost power Sunday due to a problem with a substation belonging to a local power company. The affected residents were all customers of Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) which experienced 85 outages Sunday, WMC, Memphis, reported. Cordova and Germantown, which together have about 75,000 residents, were among areas hardest hit.
“We’re trying to work to restore it,” MLGW spokesman Richard Thompson told the Commercial Appeal.
Pls call 544-6500 to report your outage. Working to resolve an issue at a substation that is also impacting water pumping stations.
â€” MLGW (@MLGW) June 7, 2015
The outages were preceded in many neighborhoods by surges starting about 2 p.m. Even residents whose power had returned were experiencing problems, tweeting their water pressure was low.
The power and water issues concerned the National Weather Service because of Sunday’s weather. As of 2 p.m., it was 91 degrees. The agency used Twitter to tell locals to “drink plenty of fluids” and “check on the elderly.”
No power or air and temps in the 90's could be a problem for more than 10,000 people mainly in East Memphis. pic.twitter.com/tdUdY31PYh
â€” NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) June 7, 2015
Learn from my experience: after power issues, your A/C may take ~30 min to blow cold again. Not necessarily broken if it starts off warm.
â€” MemphisWeather.net (@memphisweather1) June 7, 2015
Treat intersections with out signal lights as four way stops. Avoid driving in areas affected by #MLGW power outage
— George Brown (@georgebrownmem) June 7, 2015
It’s been a weird weekend in Memphis: On Saturday, a fiber failure in Mississippi knocked out cell phone service for thousands of customers, WREG reported.
Sunday, with MLGW unable to estimate a time when the problem would be fixed and full power restored, Tennesseans took to social media to complain about the heat:
@MLGW cordova is HOTT after doing yard work uhhhhhhh
— Renee Moss (@momman08_14) June 7, 2015
10,000 people with out power in Memphis _ and my house is one _
â€” Ayron Kristopher (@VlogBoy10) June 7, 2015
@MLGW We have been having sporadic power outages here in E Memphis for the past 5 days. Never lost water before...... until today.
â€” Jan (@whiteangora) June 7, 2015
Power surges all over Memphis. Hot day means we all turned on A/C whether it be central, window, or even just fans.
â€” Kat Moore (@crazed_kat) June 7, 2015
Y'all. Something's up in Memphis. Power surge from downtown to Cordova. #thebigone
â€” Donna Collier (@dcollier72) June 7, 2015
— Jk∂Monroe ⚠ (@ObeyKautionn) June 7, 2015
That day @mlgw broke the city.
— steven russell (@stevenrussell) June 7, 2015
The American Red Cross recommends people experiencing power outages keep their refrigerator doors closed as much as possible, unplug all unnecessary electrical devices and avoid traveling, among other tips.