Published Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday storm, winds topple trees

By JOHN A. WINTERS

john@newnan.com

Monday's severe thunderstorm, coupled with high winds, resulted in more than 100 trees and power lines knocked down throughout Coweta County.

No injuries were reported to Coweta 911 from the storm, which also included golf ball-sized hail reported in Grantville, Senoia and near Palmetto, according to Jay Jones, Coweta County Emergency Management director.

Within the city limits of Newnan, rescuers responded to about 30 calls during the storm, said Newnan Fire Department Chief David Whitley. 

"Mostly it was trees down and power lines down spread out in the city," he said. "There were no injuries caused by the storm that we responded to."

According to Jones, "we have widespread damage with over 100 reports of trees and power lines down… some of these included trees down on homes.

"No injuries were reported to 911 due to the storms, he added. "No entrapment or anything like that reported."

Most of the damage occurred within a two-hour span starting around 5:30 p.m., Jones said. At one point Coweta was under a tornado watch.

"Public safety, including public works crews in the cities and county, worked well past that dealing with the aftermath, clearing debris from roads and checking on homes," he said. "This work will continue for several days."

There were several reports of power outages throughout the county and crews were still out making repairs Tuesday morning. At least one report was that power was still out around 8:30 in the Gordon Road area.

The area received just under a half-inch of rain and the highest wind gust — of 42 mph — was reported around 6 p.m. at the weather station on top of The Newnan Times-Herald offices on Jefferson Street downtown.

Coweta-Fayette EMC reported about 10,000 residences were without power Monday night, primarily between 7-8 p.m. said Mary Ann Bell, vice president of marketing.

"Most of those were brought back up by 11 p.m.," she said. "We still have nine poles down in the Moreland and Senoia area."

She said about 500 people remained without power Tuesday, but those were expected to be back up later in the day.

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