Three phase line adds to power troubles

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – While last night’s storm wasn’t as bad as some have been recently, Amicalola EMC is still reporting almost 2,000 homes without power today.

This major outage comes from collateral damage in the storm as Amicalola says that strong winds brought trees down on power lines this morning.

However, currently over 1,900 members are without power. The majority of these outages came from one major incident. Amicalola EMC issued a statement saying the outages are “primarily in northern Gilmer County where trees have brought a three phase line down in two places, resulting in 1,484 members out in that county.”

They did note that other outages are scattered throughout the service area, including Pickens County where 200 members are without electricity near the Pickens/Gilmer county line.

The company said that crews are working and all power will be restored as soon as is safely possible.

Citizens are reminded that they should never go near a downed power line and always assume they are still energized.

Authorities are continuing to help wherever possible and the Gilmer Public Safety Department issued a statement saying, “The Weather Prediction Center has identified a Slight Risk for excessive rainfall across the majority of north and central Georgia.”

Though authorities are noting an attention to possibilities, no indications of serious danger are being delivered. The large number of outages in Gilmer are from these two spots on a major line.

Public Safety opens shelter amid storm

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Ravaged by a storm across North Georgia, counties across the region are responding tonight to provide for citizens as best as possible.

The Gilmer County Public Safety Department has enacted plans late this evening due to the storm.

A shelter has been opened for anyone displaced from their home, or otherwise needing a place to stay. The shelter is located at the Civic Center, 1561 S Main St.

Much of Gilmer County suffered high winds and heavy rainfall throughout the night. Outages for Amicalola alone reached a total outages number between 11,000 and 12,000. The vast majority of those were in Gilmer County, reading 7,210 just before 3:00 a.m. according to their site.

Families sheltered in bathrooms and safe zones just after 1:00 a.m. as emergency warnings and tv weather reports urged immediate action with a tornado warning.

The National Weather Service also stated, “At 107 AM EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Ranger, or 13 miles east of Calhoun, moving east
at 60 mph.”

While downed trees, power lines, and other wind damage have already been reported from the storm, no reports on any extreme damage have been seen yet.

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