Overnight winds give way to sunny skies Thursday and Friday



Augusta can expect a couple of sunny days before the next fast-moving storm front hits the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rains fell Tuesday night as a cold front moved through. As of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Augusta Regional Airport had already recorded slightly more than an inch of rain.

Georgia Power’s Carol Boat­wright said the combination of rain-soaked earth and windy weather caused numerous power outages in the area Wednesday.

“We’ve had trees going down everywhere,” she said.

She said more than 250 customers were without electricity Wednesday morning. More sporadic outages continued throughout the day. As of 6 p.m., the number of customers without power was fewer than 50.

Tim Hawks, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C., said the cold front brought high winds Wednesday evening – gusting to more than 30 mph – which are expected to end by early this morning.

He said the next two days should be calm and sunny, with high temperatures in the mid-50s.

Winds are expected to die down to less than 10 mph, he said.

The next storm front will hit late Friday or early Saturday but should clear out again by Saturday evening, he said.

Hawks said such fast-moving systems are typical of the winter months in this region.

After Saturday, the next threat of rain is New Year’s Eve, but that system could hold off until later in the week, he said.