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Thursday storm packed a punch

A fierce storm thundered through Grady County Thursday afternoon, pulling the plug on air conditioning, wifi and light for thousands of people, some for more than 12 hours. Trees and limbs were no match for the high winds and wind gusts, which pulled them down onto power lines. Grady EMC and City of Cairo report a combined 5,729 customers were without power after the storm hit around 4 p.m. Thursday.
Donnie Prince, spokesman for Grady EMC, says 3,429 members in both Grady and Thomas counties lost power, but all were back on line by 11 p.m. Thursday.
Rod Prince, energy services director for the City of Cairo Utilities, says about half of the city’s customers lost power during the event, including many of the businesses along U.S. 84, such as Wal-Mart, Hardees, McDonald’s and Piggly Wiggly.
“The first case of trouble called in was a huge tree that fell on 20th Street,” Rod Prince says.
Although the majority of customers had their utilities restored by 4 a.m. Friday, some were still waiting on private electricians to repair connections to their homes before the city could reconnect them to the city grid.
Crews were busy repairing blown fuses, a broken utility pole and downed lines until all power that could be restored was done so by 4 p.m. Friday.

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