Storm strikes bowling alley

by W. WINSTON SKINNER

Coweta County escaped relatively unscathed from bad weather on Wednesday evening.

Heavy rains – accompanied by lightning – occurred across much of the county Wednesday evening. There was damage to Junction Lanes on Highway 34 East, but the bowling center was open for business again on Thursday.

“We did have some power lines down and a few trees,” said Coweta County Emergency Management Director Jay Jones. “We didn’t have a lot.”

Heavy rains were reported at Ashley Park in the area of Newnan Crossing Bypass about 8 p.m. Wednesday and about 9 p.m. in downtown Newnan. Traffic on Interstate 85 was moving slowly – about 40 miles per hour – between 9-9:30 between Palmetto and Newnan, and at one point there was an accident at the Highway 154 exit ramp of I-85.

Jones said 5 inches of rain was reported overnight in the Senoia and Peachtree City areas. “With the tropical depression coming through, you can have some serious issues,” he said.

Kandy Ciminnisi of Junction Lanes said the storm caused “a little structural damage” and “a few problems with my roof.” The bowling lanes reopened early Thursday afternoon, but the glow golf area remained closed.

Jones said the 911 Center had reports of trees down on South Highway 29 and on Gordon Road. Lightning strikes were reported on Deerfield Trail, East Gordon Road and Bohannon Road, but no fires resulted. 

Outside Coweta County, there were reports of cars stranded by floodwaters on I-85 and I-285. Drivers were rescued by emergency responders from their flooded vehicles along I-85 near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and some flights were delayed at Hartsfield-Jackson because of the weather.




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