Alabama Power hopes to completely restore power by midnight Thur

Alabama Power hopes to completely restore power by midnight Thursday

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A utility pole in Jacksonville is snapped at its base after Monday's storms. Source: TellFox.com A utility pole in Jacksonville is snapped at its base after Monday's storms. Source: TellFox.com
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama Power said in a press release that they hope to have power restored to all customers by midnight Thursday.

Up to 222,000 customers had no power after severe storms rolled through the state Monday, March 18. The power company says the worst damage took place in the eastern part of the state including Blount, Calhoun, Cleburne, Etowah and St. Clair counties.

More than 95,000 customers experienced outages, which Alabama Power says is more that what the region experienced following April 27, Hurricane Ivan and Hurrican Katrina.

Crews from Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesee and Texas have come to Alabama to aid local power crews. In total, more than 3,500 people worked to restore power.

If you are still without power, the company asks that you call 1-800-888-2726 as soon as possible so they can deploy crews to your area. Continue to  be cautious of downed power lines.

Alabama Power notes they occassionally need to turn power back off for a short period of time to restore electricity at other homes in a community. Company officials say the interruption is temporary and the customer does not need to report the outage again unless it "becomes prolonged."

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