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High winds cause problems in South Georgia

July 10, 2005

Albany -- Hurricane Dennis has officially made landfall. The National Hurricane Center says the storm's eye hit between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach, Florida at 3:25PM. Navarre Beach is about 50 miles east of where Hurricane Ivan crossed last year.

About 300 people in Thomas County are without power this afternoon. Several roads in the county are closed by fallen trees, while a couple more are down to one lane. There are no reports of flooded roads, but authorities warn motorists to be alert to water over roadways. Around mid-day a tree fell on a car, but there were no injuries to the occupants.

High winds are already causing big power outages in Dougherty County. Power lines at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Antioch Road have been sparking for about an hour, but the line isn't broken

A fallen tree hit a power line in south Dougherty County, knocking out power to hundreds of homes there. Power is out on Oakridge Drive, Moultrie Road, and along U.S. 19. Water, Gas, and Light crews are working to restore power.

About 500 homes and businesses on Palymra also lost power this morning, but it was restored by early afternoon.

If your power goes out, turn off all the lights and the air conditioning, and unplug as many appliances, beside your refrigerator, as possible. This will stop a huge power surge when the electricity comes on which can knock back out the system.

Nore than 4,100 Georgia Power customers are without power in southwest Georgia,  1,600 in Albany, 800 in Valdosta, and 1,700 in the Bainbridge area.

Again crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

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