"We've been without power since 1 a.m., and they said it would be four to five days," said Dickson resident Jasmine Washington.
That has been the situation across Dickson County, where downed trees and frozen power lines have left countless communities in the dark.
"Our whole neighborhood is out, and then the power line has been down," Washington said.
Sunday night, Dickson Electric System general manager Darrell Gillespie reported 7,000 people were without power. He later decreased the outages to 6,000. Gillespie says it will be a steadily declining total as crews continue to work. He said it will take four to five more days before power is fully restored.
"The electric department has been out there working all day," says Dickson resident Michael Carpenter. "[There are] a lot of trees down, but luckily I was one of the few that did have power."
Others weren't as lucky. Many have had to leave home to stay warm.
"In Charlotte, they had a fire hall where people were having to stay to stay warm," said Stormie Henson. "Churches have people who have been without electricity since 2 o'clock and 3 o'clock in the morning."
While most of the outages are in Dickson County, Dickson Electric says they have widespread and complex outages throughout Montgomery, Cheatham, Hickman and Houston counties.
Gillespie says they have brought in several additional crews from Indiana and Kentucky to help. Their top priority, he says, is safety. If anyone sees a downed power line, they should call Dickson Electric or a local power company.
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