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March 19, 2013

Storm wrecks property, spirits in Baldwin County

MILLEDGEVILLE — Joe and Linda Hardwick buckled down at their home in Griffin during the storm Monday night. They least expected to get a phone call from their neighbor informing them of fallen trees on the roof of their second home on Bentley Circle off of Highway 212.

“This is our vacation home here. We got the call [Monday] night at around 8:30 from our neighbor telling us two trees had fallen on the house and that it didn’t look good,” Linda said Tuesday afternoon after assessing the storm damage. “Luckily there’s very little damage inside and there’s no water damage. There’s a little broken place in the ceiling, but otherwise it looks good on the inside. We feel very blessed and fortunate no more damage has been done than what it already is.”

Like the Hardwicks, thousands of Georgians across the state remained without power Tuesday morning and hundreds endured property damage. Polk County had the highest number of outages statewide with 28,000 reported, followed by Floyd County, Georgia Power officials reported. Baldwin, Bibb and Jones counties also had significant numbers of outages.

“We had two houses damaged, one on Martin Drive and one in Harrisburg. We had no injury and no entrapment. We did have a lot of trees down and had power outages,” Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said Tuesday afternoon. “At this point, the Coopers community on the southwest part of the county is out of power and it will probably be out until sometime around 6 p.m.”

Tri-County EMC reported around 3,500 members scattered throughout its service area were without power around 9 p.m. Monday. By 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, power outages were reported in Baldwin and Jones counties, including areas on Pancras Road, Cox Woodland Road, J.H. Aldridge Road and Highway 49.

“Tri-County EMC crews have been responding to outages since approximately 7 p.m. [Monday] night and hope to have power restored to everyone before normal business hours [Wednesday] morning. As of 6:30 [Tuesday] morning, we had 1,500 members without power mostly concentrated in the south part of our service area, which includes parts of Twiggs, Baldwin and Jones counties,” Tri-County EMC Communications Specialist Kim Bonner said around noon Tuesday. “We had nine broken power poles due to the wind and lightening. Crews will continue to work throughout the day and hopefully bring the number down to 1,000 members without power.”

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