- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is taking proactive measures to prepare for possible heavy rains from Hurricane Joaquin, which is churning in the Atlantic and moving toward the United States.

The TVA said in a statement that even if the storm doesn’t directly hit the region, it could have a significant impact due to runoff from expected heavy rains. Some forecast models predict several inches of rain on the eastern side of TVA’s territory by Sunday.

The nation’s largest public utility said reservoir levels are being lowered to provide room for the extra water.

TVA supplies power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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