Wind causes power outages along U.S. 278

COVINGTON — The harsh wind Tuesday knocked down a cedar tree, causing power outages along U.S. Highway 278 in Covington from Turner Lake Road to Mill Street.

According to Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon, a tree behind Checkers fell causing a chain reaction of service wires, located behind the fast food chain, to be pulled down.

“The service wires being pulled behind Checkers broke a pole behind Newton Plaza causing the large outage,” Bouchillon said. “Another utility pole broke on U.S. 278 causing the outages from Turner Lake Road to Mill Street.”

The traffic lights and businesses experienced the outage around 1 p.m. While traffic lights along U.S. Highway 278 were restored around 3 p.m., Bouchillon expected the businesses in Newton Plaza to remain without power until an electrician could make repairs behind the building.

He said traffic on U.S. 278 was back to normal, but one lane continued to be blocked for crews to work in front of Checkers as of 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.