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Transformers on fire, shelter opening in Franklin

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Power outages are starting to spread in Franklin and an emergency shelter is being opened.
At least two electrical transformers have caught fire, knocking out power in the Branigin Creek neighborhood near Franklin Community High School, Mayor Joe McGuinness said. Another transformer was also on fire near Walnut and Jefferson streets.
Duke Energy has been notified to repair the outages, but local officials are opening a shelter at Franklin Community Middle School for anyone without power.
Residents who need shelter for the night should contact either Johnson County police dispatch at 736-5155 or Johnson County Emergency Management Agency at 736-9064. Plow drivers or other emergency workers can help move people to the middle school.
Residents with medical needs such as oxygen are the highest priority for the city to move to the shelter.
McGuinness said current conditions in the city are near whiteout as high winds are blowing snow and severely reducing visibility.
Duke Energy has made progress restoring power in Johnson County, dropping from about 1,000 customers without power to 500 residents. Johnson County REMC outages have increased to 187, with some outages now being reported in southern Hensley Township.

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