Storm causes power outages
A wind and rainstorm that raked Gilmer County left thousands without power Monday morning just as many residents awoke and prepared to go to work.
Kenneth Payne, a staff engineer with Amicalola EMC, reported the utility had “20 outages in Gilmer County affecting 3,650 meters.”
“The largest areas affected were Chatsworth Highway and Blue Ridge Highway,” he said in an emailed statement.
“Other outages have been scattered throughout the county. Most all of the outages have been caused by downed trees and tree limbs. There has been one broken pole caused by a tree on South Lake Drive near Turniptown Road.”
Tony Pritchett, chief of the public safety department, said county crews were called out in the wake of the fast-moving storm.
“We had some trees across the road our guys cleared out and some power lines that were down,” he said. “It was kind of sporadic throughout the county and not in a concentrated area. Some places we didn’t really have much in the way of power lines down, but a little bit of wind brings some of these pine trees down.”
Pritchett said there was no damage to structures.
Ron Ingram, regional manager for Georgia Power, said the utility received a few calls in the wake of the strong winds.
“We didn’t have anything other than just minor issues, secondary and no primary (outages), nothing on a large scale,” he said.
“I think they had more trouble closer to Trenton, back in that direction (in the northwest corner with Alabama and Tennessee). We were pretty lucky.”
Ingram said technicians were called out once to the downtown Ellijay area and once to Jasper to address outages.
“It didn’t do quite as much to us this time, just some minor difficulties,” he said.
The Weather Channel is predicting a cooling-off period later in the week, with a high of only 53 degrees Friday and a 90 percent chance of rain.