published Friday, February 21st, 2014

STORM AFTERMATH: road conditions and power outages

The I-24 westbound 174 exit ramp is completely flooded and blocked off. A car is stuck there.
The I-24 westbound 174 exit ramp is completely flooded and blocked off. A car is stuck there.
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Except for a small number of outages, power has been restored to North Georgia EMC customers following last night’s strong winds and thunderstorms, according to a news release.

Crews worked through the night and morning to restore power to approximately 900 customers affected by trees falling into power lines, the release stated.

Unless homes have sustained structural damage, remaining outages are expected to be restored around noon.

Additionally, the Associated Press said that the National Weather Service indicates that several trees were down on U.S. Highway 11 in Dade County early this morning, after the line of storms rolled through the state's northwest corner.

The AP also gave this report in connection with Georgia:

— In Floyd County, there were reports of several power lines down.

— In Cobb County, there were numerous reports of toppled trees. A 58-mph wind gust was reported at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta.

— At Brasstown Bald, the state's highest peak, a 43-mph wind gust was reported at a weather station on the mountain around 5 a.m.

— A severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect for 36 Georgia counties through 9 a.m.

For Alabama, AP had this report: Storms damaged some buildings in Calhoun County and brought down trees in many areas of Alabama.

Additionally, AP said the National Weather Service said the storms toppled trees late Thursday and early today in Marion, Fayette, Walker, Tuscaloosa and Elmore counties of Alabama.

In Tuscaloosa County, there were reports of scattered trees down and power outages across the county, AP said.

Also in connection with other sections of Alabama, AP said:

— In Calhoun County, an emergency manager reported snapped power poles and minor damage to several buildings along Alabama Highway 77, including a gas station, post office and grocery store.

— In Fort Payne, the Times-Journal reports that homes were damaged and some semitrailers were blown in the area early today.

Current road conditions:

• 2400 bock of Welch Rd. has wires hanging low.

• Lines down at 1400 Greenwood Rd.

• Barricades up at 1200 bock of Glenwood Drive

• Manufactures Road is closed from just before I-27 to the other side at the off ramp.

• The I-24 westbound 174 exit ramp is completely flooded and blocked off. A car is stuck there.

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