Monday storm left many in the dark
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A strong storm system moved through South Georgia and Grady County Monday morning, bringing rain, high wind gusts and bright lightning. A threat of potential tornadic activity had local first responders on high alert, but, luckily, none materialized here.
Still, several downed trees wreaked havoc in the county, including on Joyner Road where one family was forced out of their mobile home that was destroyed by a fallen tree around 5 a.m.
The family was moved to a local motel thanks to Grady County Sheriff’s Office chaplain, Johnny Moore, who says the local ministerial association and his church, Family Worship Center, usually share in the cost of such cases. Richard Phillips, director of Grady County Emergency Management, says the Red Cross is paying for the family to stay in a motel at least two more nights.
For other local families, the storm was not as traumatic, but many went without electricity for short periods of time.
Trees that fell on MacIvor Drive Northeast and 27th Street Northeast, and at Lakewood Drive Southeast and Forest Glen Road Southeast, broke two utility poles, according to Rod Prince, energy services director for the City of Cairo.
“Most customers were back on within an hour or so, but there were some isolated customers out for an extended time while the poles were replaced,” stated Prince. “There were a few scattered outages.”
Grady E.M.C.’s regular on-call crew was able to manage the scattered outages they encountered during the early morning hours Monday, according to Adam Starr, marketing and member services manager with Grady E.M.C.
Starr states, “Monday morning about 2:30 we started to have some significant outages. Around 5 a.m. when the worst weather came through, there were approximately 2,000 without power.”
He says by 11 a.m., electricity was restored to all E.M.C. customers.