2017-09-13 / Front Page

Irma damages minimal


By noon Monday the center of the tropical storm and it’s most dangerous bands had made it’s way through South Georgia. By noon Monday the center of the tropical storm and it’s most dangerous bands had made it’s way through South Georgia. Tropical storm force winds and rain lingered into the evening Monday after the worst of Tropical Storm Irma passed through Southwest Georgia.

The accompanying radar image in motion shows Tropical Storm Irma moving toward north Georgia at 12 noon.

Relief from the worst storm projections came late Sunday when Irma took an eastward track and remained east of Tampa on its way up the Florida peninsula, a track which considerably weakened the storm before it reached Tallahassee on its way to South Georgia.

Mayor Anthony Howard told the News 50-60 customers lost power during the storm. Most of the power outages were from downed trees and tree limbs. Some of the areas affected were Liberty, Plant, Evergreen, Arnall, Hobbs, Woodlawn and McDowell streets. All power was restored by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Several streets were temporarily blocked by fallen trees, but all streets were open early Tuesday morning. The city has been requested to assist the City of Albany.

He also reported the Blakely fire department responded to seven calls during the storm. The 911 center processed 82 incidents in 19 hours, (Early, Randolph and Stewart counties).

“I thank all of our first responders, city and county personnel for their hard work and dedication,” Howard stated. “Everyone was prepared for the worst!”

County Administrator Spencer Mueller told the News there were a few trees down across the county, but no blocked roads were reported.

Local authorities announced Sunday afternoon a curfew would be enforced from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight Monday. However, the curfew was lifted at 4 p.m.


Most of Monday’s damage was from fallen trees. Above left, this huge ivy-covered oak was one of two toppled in front of the S.G. Maddox home on South Main. Also on South main, the house above, know as the “Grubbs house” to the News, was damaged by a fallen tree. Most of Monday’s damage was from fallen trees. Above left, this huge ivy-covered oak was one of two toppled in front of the S.G. Maddox home on South Main. Also on South main, the house above, know as the “Grubbs house” to the News, was damaged by a fallen tree. Local schools were closed Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Irma.

The Early County High gym opened at 8 p.m. Sunday as a storm shelter for local citizens in unsafe situations and storm refugees from other areas.

Tuesday reports indicate three people died during the storm across Georgia. A man was killed when a tree fell on his house in Sandy Springs, a woman died in Forsyth County when a tree fell on a car in a driveway and a man died atop his house during the storm in Worth County.

Georgia Power reported 900,000 customers were without power Tuesday.

According to the Georgia EMC Storm Center website, over 17,000 Southwest Georgia customers experienced power outages during the storm.

County Extension director Brian Cresswell told the News the rainfall was actually helpful... “Will probably help make some money for a lot of our farmers.

“The wind, however, is a different story. It did damage our cotton and soybeans, but the extent of the damage won’t be known until we have a chance to get into some fields for a first hand look.”

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