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Power nearly restored to Southern DeKalb and Northern Etowah Co.

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Four of the eight utility companies working to restore power were sent home. Four of the eight utility companies working to restore power were sent home.
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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Power is nearly restored to much of South DeKalb and Northern Etowah County after two tornadoes ripped through that area.

Only about 70 homes remained of the more than 4,000 who were initially without power. Four of the eight utility companies working to restore power were sent home. The remaining crews continued to work to restore power to individual homes.

Most of the main and joining transmission lines are up after crews erected some 100 poles blown down by the storm. Electric company officials said if you didn't have power, and your home is ready, then you need to call to have you power restored.

"If you tell me your house is ready to be hooked up then we're okay to hook it up, but we would go on your word," said Cherokee Electric General Manager Randal Wilkie. "I would advise folks that if you feel like you've had some internal damage to have an electrician check it before you request it be hooked up."

Wilkie said approximately 20 homes in DeKalb County still need power. He estimated availability of power should be restored by sometime on Saturday.

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