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Fallen trees narrowly miss Edison homes

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

EDISON, GA (WALB) – It was not good night's sleep for many south Georgians.

"I tell you what it was a roaring sound," said Mary Shedrick.

That roaring sound heard round the region made a statement in Edison overnight. The winds from overnight severe weather whipped in with enough force to bring down even the mightiest of oaks.

"I heard that roaring sound and the lights blinked twice. On the third time, everything was pitch dark," Shedrick said.

She wasn't the only resident left in the dark. There is irony in that a city named for Thomas Edison was without the ability to turn on his most famous invention for a good part of Tuesday.

The entire city was without power at one point.

"This has been one of the worst storms we've had since '73 or '74," said Edison Police Chief Jason Wilkins.

Utility crews were hard at work Tuesday afternoon setting poles and removing lines off the ground. The biggest hurdle right now is removing fallen trees.

Luck, however, was on Edison's side. At least 3 homes came narrowly close to being crushed by falling trees.  

"We didn't have any structure damage here, just some shingles blown off roofs. We're very fortunate," Wilkins said.

"When I went over to town this morning and looked around, the first thing I thought was Thank you Jesus. Not one house that I have seen has been damaged," Shedrick said.

Georgia Power crews were able restore about 60 percent of the outages. Electrical crews from Florida and Mississippi are being brought in to restore the remaining outages Wednesday.

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