(WALB) - Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Florida early Friday morning, bringing heavy tropical winds into South Georgia, causing damage and knocking out power for many people.
The storm was packing wind gusts of 50 mph when it moved into the region and brought down numerous trees throughout the extreme southern counties.
Early Friday morning, Georgia Power was reporting more than 6,000 outages in Grady County and over 4,000 customers without power in Lowndes County.
The city of Thomasville said more than 6,000 homes were in the dark due to the storm.
Lowndes County EMA officials worked overnight monitoring the storm.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said that crews were working a number of road closures due to debris, downed trees and affected traffic signals.
These routes may be closed two hours or longer depending on how quickly the first responders remove the down trees and the utility service crews resets the power pole & lines that are down across the state routes and restore the power to the signal:
- US 41/State Route 7 Lowndes county MP 0.1 – both lanes blocked with trees and power lines down across the road
- US 319/State Route 35 Colquitt county MP 8.75 – Passable, but signal down and not working
- State Route 270 Mitchell county MP 1 – both lanes blocked, tree down across the road with accident
Drivers are urged to be wary of roads and hazards if they're on the road.