Winds knock down trees, power lines

by Wes Mayer


Photo by Clay Neely

A tree fell on a home on the 100-block of Elm Street during the thunderstorm overnight Wednesday. There were no reported injuries, according to authorities. 

A number of Cowetans were left without power after Wednesday morning’s thunderstorm with high-speed winds downed a number of trees and power lines.

In the county, there were 33 reports of toppled trees, and power lines were downed along six roads. Two trees fell on homes, one on Oak Lawn Circle and another on Elm Street in Newnan, but there were no reported injuries.

The downed power lines caused outages for homes and businesses throughout the county. Customers of Newnan Utilities were affected due to a tree that fell on Farmer Street and took down some power lines, and due to some limbs which damaged power lines on Boone Drive, LaGrange Street and Woodbine Drive, said Jeff Phillips with Newnan Utilities.

Phillips said the first outage occurred around 3:40 a.m., and the next three were each about an hour apart. All those affected had their power restored by 8 a.m., Phillips said.

Many customers of Coweta-Fayette EMC were also affected by downed power lines. According to EMC spokesperson Mary Ann Bell, around 600 customers were without power around 10 a.m. Wednesday. This number was reduced to 188 by 5 p.m., and the company hoped to have all power restored by the end of the day.

Around 45,000 customers of Georgia Power lost electricity statewide, according to spokesman John Kraft. Although the numbers had not been broken down by county, the company set up a staging area for many of its vehicles at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. According to Georgia Power’s online outage map, around 50 customers in the Grantville area were still affected by 5 p.m. During the day Wednesday, around 100 customers along Highway 16 near Sharpsburg and Senoia lost power, but it was restored during the day by 5 p.m.

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