Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

10:34 AM, Jan 13, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

Only a few very northern counties are reporting ice patches on roads and streets Friday morning. Authorities in Dade, Catoosa and Towns Counties tell 11Alive News that some roads have black ice.

Only four counties are reporting schools opening two hours late Friday: Dade, Walker, Catoosa and Chattooga counties. No schools are closed for the day.

The National Weather Service office in Peachtree City said a wind advisory was in effect until midnight. The agency said it received reports of winds of 46 mph in Lookout Mountain and 44 mph in the Atlanta and Lawrenceville areas.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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