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Thousands lose electrical service in Dothan

Ice on trees and power lines causing near record number of service calls.
Thousands of electrical customers had lost power by early Wednesday morning as crews deal with the effects of a rare winter storm.
“I’d say between 5,000 and 6,000 people have been affected in Dothan,” said Fire Captain Chris Etheredge. “Everybody is working as hard as they can to get service restored.”

Etheredge said the problems stem from ice forming on power lines, on trees and limbs that fell on lines, and from transformer outages caused by the ice. At one point, most downtown Dothan had lost electrical service.

“The fire and electrical departments already had extra staff in place and we have now called in reinforcements,” Etherdge said at 12:30 Wednesday morning. He expects the issues to continue for several hours. He said anyone who needs to report an outage should call 615-3362.

Meanwhile, outages were reported across all southeast Alabama counties as layers of ice formed on lines and tree limbs.

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