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Irma Out Of Georgia - Cleanup Time In Carroll County

Give the county and city maintenance /clean-up crews in West Georgia a little extra space when you see them today as they are out there clearing debris created as winds and rains brought on by storm Irma came through the region.

Carroll County's Emergency Agency Director Tim Padgett told WLBB Radio Tuesday morning, he estimated 150 trees were down around the county at some point-- some taking power lines down with them. There are some reports of trees falling on homes, as well. We have not heard of any injuries.

Padgett says the maximum wind speed recorded at this time in Carroll County was 50 miles per hour... That was documented on I-20 by a Georgia Department of Transportation site.

Carrollton reportedly saw a max of 40 miles per hour.

That was likely recorded between 2 and 5 pm on Monday. That's the period National Weather Service officials in Peachtree City say Carrollton consistently saw the strongest winds.

It was at 4:00 that Carroll EMC required their linemen to seek shelter due to winds exceeding 30-miles per hour. They had already restored power to many homes at that point, leaving about 25-hundred without, until conditions improved about 7:00 last night and officials felt comfortable sending them back out.
Jay Gill with Carroll EMC says peak outage time for their system was at 2:30 pm Monday with 3844 outages--- a slight concentration at that time around Franklin and in Heard County.

Carroll EMC used 110 contracted linemen during their efforts yesterday and are adding 30 more today.

Gill says the majority of outages should be restored this morning; but, says there is the possibility of random trees coming down throughout the next few days causing more random damage due to residual winds.

He says once linemen reach complete restoration, crews and contracted crews will go assist other co-ops, starting in Georgia.

Local schools remain closed today, but some local governments have re-opened, including the City Of Carrollton. We'll let you know later if local schools do plan to resume classes for Wednesday. Monitor the closings list on our website and the Newstalk 1330 WLBB Facebook page for updates.

And, not to add any more stress for you this morning, but hurricane watchers are already eyeing another tropical disturbance in the Atlantic. But, Meteorologist Bryan Lynn with the National Weather Service does not suspect West  Georgia has much to worry about there... at this point anyway.

"Our main  models in the long term forecast do not show Jose as threatening at this point," Lynn told WLBB radio early Tuesday. "Looks like Jose is in the process of doing a loop out there in the central Atlantic. Come 8:00pm Saturday, it's going to be due east of Florida-- roughly the coastline of between Daytona and Melbourne, but way out there. As we get into the early part of next week, we will just have to watch and see the progression."
 
Please remember to keep an eye out for city and county public safety and support staff; and employees from Georgia Power and Carroll emc today. They all did a heck of a job on Monday and overnight, working as a team.
 
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