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June 9, 2008

Albany--Thousands of people all over Albany were without power, and 911 operators couldn't answer your calls for more than two hours Monday night. It was all a result of a powerful thunderstorm that roared through the city about 8:30 p.m.

The storm dumped torrential rain and large hail throughout Albany before moving into Lee and Terrell Counties. High winds knocked over trees from northwest Albany to the city's east side.  The Water, Gas, and Light Commission had nearly a dozen crews out all over town repairing downed and damaged power lines and transformers.

There was one positive development.  The county used its new Code Red Emergency Alert system for the first time.  Emergency managers say it worked well. "From all indications so far from people that have called in to tell me hey I heard the Code Red, it called my house, the system went off. If you didn't a call and you know you signed up for it, the storm is plotted and those people in the direction of the storm are the ones that are called so not everyone will be called," said EMA Director Jim Vaught.

Power was even knocked out to the county's 9-1-1 center. Emergency officials were able to communicate with each other using hand-held radios, but they couldn't answer your emergency calls. The center was back up and running just before eleven o'clock.

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