A Georgia Power representative reported that 67 customers in the Rome area and 247 in Cedartown remained without power as of 10:30 a.m. Friday morning after storms swept through the area last night.
The outages are widely scattered with no large outages in any one place.
With several lines still down and numerous broken poles, Georgia Power expects to have all customers back on line by 7 p.m. tonight. Some customers will regain power before that time.Previously posted
As of 10 a.m., approximately 10,000 North Georgia EMC customers in Whitfield, Murray, Walker, Catoosa, Chattooga, Gordon and Floyd counties are still without power after extremely high winds hit the area last night.
While crews worked through the night restoring power to many areas, power outages continue to be reported. NGEMC officials estimate it could be as much as 36 to 48 hours before power is restored to all customers. When restoring power, the substation and the main distribution line from the substation must be repaired first. Next, crews repair the lines that bring power to the greatest number of customers. After larger pockets of customers have power, crews repair service lines to individual homes.
Many outages have been caused by numerous damaged poles and lines in rural locations that are hard to reach. Numerous trees fallen across large spans of power affect restoration efforts. Please stay away from downed lines and report them immediately to North Georgia EMC, your local power company or call 911.
Crews will remain on duty until all power has been restored and to work new outages that may occur.
A strong storm damaged five homes, left more than 5,300 people without power and downed between 20 and 25 trees on Thursday night, emergency officials said.
No injuries were reported.
Homes at 410 Robin Hood Road, 57 Trillium Road, 805 Eden Valley Road, 14 Hickory Mountain Road and 4728 Cedartown Highway received damage from the storm, according to EMA Director Scotty Hancock.
The storm produced quarter-sized hail in the Armuchee and Shannon areas, but on the southern end of the county the main problem was the wind that knocked trees down.
Power outages were reported throughout the county in the areas of Six Mile, Calhoun Road, Wax Road, Dodd Road, Seventh Avenue, Old Dalton Road, Cedartown Road, Lindale and Celanese, according to Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace.
At the height of the storm about 5,300 customers were left without power but most were expected to be restored by midnight, with the remaining customers restored by early this morning.
The Rome-Floyd Fire Department and the Emergency Management Agency were out removing trees for several hours.
Trees were reported down on Chubb Road, College View Drive, Shorthorn Road, the Walker Mountain landfill, the 500 block of Freeman Ferry Road, Booger Hollow Road, Reeceburg Road at the Burkhalter store, and Avenue C at Second Street in Lindale.
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