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Not time for the 'All Clear'

September 16, 2004

Albany-- While the worst of Hurricane Ivan might be behind us for now, the feeder bands are still creating some pretty powerful wind gusts. It is still not safe to issue the all-clear.

Winds are gusting to as much as 40 miles per hour-- strong enough to do some damage.

A power line on Antioch Road in South Dougherty County collapsed thanks to a strong wind gust. It knocked out power to a small neighborhood near by, but thankfully it didn't take that long to restore power.

Crews say the pole was a quarter century old and might have rotted a bit, forcing it to fall, but they replaced the pole quickly and the power is back on.

Now, there is a lesson in this. That pole is probably like quite a few trees around town that maybe didn't fall under Tropical Storm Frances' winds, but with all the rain we have had lately, a strong gust of wind could do that.

We should expect strong wind gusts between 30 to 40 miles per hour until late tonight, possibly even early in the morning.

The strongest wind gust recorded in Albany today was 39 miles per hour.

posted at 6:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com