Martinez power restored, but winds might cause trouble today

Friday, April 3, 2009 9:05 AM
Last updated 10:16 AM
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Power is restored to more than 300 Martinez homes that lost power early this morning after a tree fell on a power line.

Just after 6 a.m., the tree fell on the line on Columbia Road at Reed Creek Road cutting power to 328 homes in the area, according to a Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman.

Police directed traffic at the Columbia Road intersections with Flowing Wells Road and Washington Road, where traffic signals also were out, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Power was restored at about 8:40 a.m., the spokeswoman said.

Elsewhere in Georgia the massive system that brought intense rainfall across the state Thursday is being replaced by high winds that have knocked down trees onto power lines.

A spokesman for Georgia Power Co., Jeff Wilson, says about 7,000 customers were without power about 1 a.m. today. That number had dwindled to 680 by daybreak.

He says more outages are anticipated during the day because of high wind.

The National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Fla., says more than 5 inches of rain fell in Albany and Valdosta from Tuesday to Thursday.

Flood warnings remain in effect.

Concerns about flooded roadways and other weather-related problems also prompted school closings in at least 25 Georgia districts

Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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