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CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

CUTHBERT,  GA (WALB) – Power crews are busy restoring power to customers after nearly 4,000 Southwest Georgia homes were in the dark for more than six hours Wednesday morning.

Tuesday night's heavy wind, rain and lightening knocked down trees and power lines. Hundreds are still without power  in Sumter and Randolph counties.

Georgia Power says about 160 homes in Randolph are still in the dark and about 430 homes in Sumter county are without power right now.

One of the worst hit homes in Cuthbert sits on Highway 82 just south of the city. A huge oak tree toppled over during the storm damaging parts of the family's house and window. Limbs are scattered all over the yard.

When we hit the streets we found dozens of Georgia Power crews driving around and working hard to get power restored. We talked to one guy who lives in North Cuthbert who said his power went out when he was sleeping around 9:30 Tuesday night and he woke up to thunder and tree branches hitting his house.

At one point at least 1500 homes were without power in Randolph county, 1400 in Sumter county and 650 in Clay county, and that's just Georgia Power customers.

Georgia Power crews still have a long way to go though with just over 500 homes still in the dark.

When the sun rises we'll be able to get a better idea of the damage in Southwest Georgia but so far besides that house in Cuthbert, we don't know of any other homes or buildings that were damaged.

In Americus heavy winds, lightning, and broken tree limbs caused more than 2,000 people to be with out power last night .

Debris from the trees at 1107 Hancock trapped the owners vehicles in the driveway. Also on Meredith street trees fell on power and phone lines.

It took Georgia Power and Sumter EMC crews all night to get their customers power restored. We spoke with two residents who described the winds as frightening and tumultuous.

"You could hear so much stuff hitting your home. The wind was so strong, it was whistling. That's what made everybody come outside, " said Americus Contractor George Durham.

"A little after 10, I heard loud winds. I came outside and saw two trees in the middle of the road and wondered what happened," said Americus Insurance Agent William Bailey.

Americus City Public works came out and cleaned all left over damaged trees in the streets earlier this morning.

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