Power outages, damage reports due to Hurricane Michael
SOUTHWEST, GA (WALB) - Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida Wednesday afternoon as a powerful Category 4 hurricane.
As of 9 p.m., at least 53,000 residents in SWGA are without power.
Downed trees were reported in Albany ahead of Hurricane Michael’s track to South Georgia.
An estimated 23,451 properties are without power in Albany as of 8:41 p.m., according to Albany officials.
An power outage for the City of Albany can be found here.
A radio tower at the Lee County Jail fell and caused extensive damage tot he radio room. There was also damage to the records room and the roof is leaking. No one was injured. Worth County 911 is partially taking Lee County 911 calls because of the damage.
Due to city-wide power outages, the sewer lift stations all over Bainbridge are not working. People on city sewer can help prevent back-ups by only flushing solid wastes.
According to the Georgia Power Outage Map, more than 4,000 customers are without power in the Bainbridge area.
The town of Brinson is completely without power until after the storm.
Irwin County 911 is without power.
The generator failed to start.
Calls are being rerouted to administration lines.
At around 9 p.m. the city water system was shut down due to loss of power.
Fire Stations #1 and #3 are damaged, according to David Forrester, Lee County EMA director.
The 911 Center is also down, Forrester said.
For those that need to call for an emergency, call (229) 435-5419.
A few injuries have been reported, according to the EMA director.
Emergency response was shut down, Forrester said, but officials are beginning to respond again as they believe they are in the eye of the storm.
Trees and powerlines are down, some on homes, Forrester said.
Forrester said there is “damage everywhere” in Lee County.
A roof has reported to have fallen in on a man in a home in the 130 block of Lincoln Street in Camilla.
Officials are trying to get the 63-year-old male.
The man was taken to the hospital for injuries.
The power to the emergency operations center in Mitchell has been restored but they are limited on the information they can receive..
The EOC is able to take emergency calls.
Crews at the EOC are working on the generators to get the power back on.
Officials said the power has been going in and out.
Clark Harrell, Mitchell County EMA director, said Hurricane Michael is a “historic and dangerous event for Mitchell County.”
“It is imperative that I ask the citizens of Mitchell County to stay off the roads due to extreme dangers that we’ve suffered throughout the county,” Harrell said.
Harrell said he has been in contact with GEMA officials and the Georgia governor’s office.
Harrell said the EOC has limited 911 availability but he is looking forward to assisting the needs of Mitchell County residents as soon as the county is able.
A downed tree on a power line has been reported at Omega/Eldorado Road and Union Road, according to the Tift County Emergency Management Agency’s Facebook page.
Tift County Fire/Rescue is in route to the scene, the post stated.
City of Thomasville Utilities officials said 11,500 power outages have been reported.
Emergency medical services have been cleared to go back out on the streets.
Utility crews will be out restoring power at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, officials said.
Curfew is still in effect.
How to get prepared ahead of the storm:
Georgia Power has a power outage map that both the public and customers can access.
Residents can also sign up for alerts about power outages in their area, report outages in their area and get information on preparing for bad weather and what to do after a storm hits from the Georgia Power website.
MORE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AHEAD OF THE STORM:
- South Georgia school and business closings
- Shelters open ahead of Hurricane Michael
- South Georgia preps for Michael’s potential wrath
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