Power outages widespread, length of outages varies widely

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Wednesday’s icy weather led to multiple power outages for Cowetans. Some outages were short, ranging from 10 minutes to an hour, while other Cowetans reported being without power all day, some starting at 6 a.m.

At 5 p.m., Coweta-Fayette EMC reported over 12,000 outages, across the entire service area, including Coweta, Fayette, and south Fulton counties.

That was down from the 16,000 outages at 11 a.m. At 9 a.m., there were 8,500 outages. Of the 16,000 outages at 11 a.m. , only about 4,000 were in Coweta, said Mary Ann Bell, vice president of public relations and communications for Coweta Fayette EMC. Fayette and South Fulton were hit much harder.

“The numbers may go up and down as the evening progresses,” said at statement on the electrical co-op’s Facebook page.

Coweta-Fayette has an “outage map” available on their Website, www.utility.org.

According to the most recent outage map, there were 3,365 Coweta customers affected by outages at 7:05 p.m, and 3,317 Fayette customers.

The map shows a large number of outages in the Moreland, Thomas Crossroads and Senoia areas, with smaller numbers of outages in Sharpsburg, along Hwy. 154 between Thomas Crossroads and U.S. 29, U.S. 29 north near the Fulton County line, and in the area of Hwy. 16 West and Hwy. 34 West, west of the Hwy. 34 Bypass, and single outages in the East Newnan area.

Georgia Power reported at 5 p.m. that, statewide, it had 143,000 customers without power, and had already restored power to 113,000 customers.

Local utility companies had brought “all hands on deck” to help out in the ice storm, and had also hired contract crews from out of town.

“At a time like this, everybody in the company, whether they work in the water department or the electricity department — they are all working here,” said Dennis McEntire, Newnan Utilities general manager.

“We would like to assure people that all of our crews are out there, plus crews we have from other areas,” said Bell. “We want to assure customers that yes, we are out there working and it’s a very tough situation and to please bear with us. Because we are trying to restore the power as quickly as possible.”

The power went out part of Gordon Road starting about 7 a.m. and at about 8 a.m. on part of Old Carrollton Highway and at Little Road near Sharpsburg, and was still out at 7 p.m.. In the West Grantville Road area and in areas off Corinth Road, there was no electrical service from about 8:30 a.m. onward Wednesday. Power outages starting at or just after midday were reported in sections of Lakehills, on Cecil Hunter Road near Moreland, on Old Atlanta Highway and off Highway 54 near Lone Oak, and the power was still out at 7 p.m. 

Robert Bishop, who lives on Luthersville Road east of Luthersville, said there lights have been out at his home since 8 a.m. He said a tree fell on power lines a bit east of where Strickland Town Road intersects with Luthersville Road.

Jamie Thompson said the power went out on Rowe Road near Haralson about noon. She said Coweta-Fayette EMC had indicated the power “won’t be back on until tomorrow.” 

Her grandchildren were surprised by her battery-powered radio. They “could not believe it ,” she said. “They said, ‘You mean it doesn’t even need Internet?’”

Assistant News Editor W. Winston Skinner contributed to this report



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