Idalia storm damage, power outages reported across South Ga. on Wednesday

There are many trees on top of power lines and homes making the conditions hard for residents.
There are many trees on top of power lines and homes making the conditions hard for residents.(WALB)
Published: Aug. 30, 2023 at 8:58 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2023 at 2:35 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Idalia’s impacted counties throughout South Georgia on Wednesday. See the latest developments below.

Power Outage Reports

- Atkinson County: 270 affected

- Berrien County: 2,982 affected

- Brooks County: 857 affected

- Clinch County: 617 affected

- Coffee County: 1,552 affected

- Cook County: 260 affected

- Echols County: 669 affected

- Lanier County: 1,031 affected

- Lowndes County: 24,077 affected by major impacts and widespread outages

- Thomas County: 1,278 affected

- Tift County: 444 affected

Weather Related Damage

Atkinson County

The county is still experiencing minor flooding and multiple trees down. Some roads are completely impassable. Some homes across the county suffered minor storm damage and one home in Willachoochee was completely destroyed. Crews are actively working to clear roadways.

Ben Hill County

No injuries. Trees and powerlines reported down. Most roadways have been cleared.

Brooks County

Across the county, eight trees fell on homes across the county and no injuries have been reported. Multiple trees were reported downed across Quitman and the county. Several roads have been blocked off, including Highway 84 going into Thomas County. Most of Quitman is reported to be without power.

Clinch County

A tree fell on a mobile home. Five to six homes were hit by fallen trees, according to the EMA director. No injuries were reported from that or county-wide. Multiple trees are down throughout the county, especially in the northern portion. Trees were reported down on roadways. Multiple powerlines down. Crews are still working to clear a few roads but most are back open.

Coffee County

Trees down and power outages county-wide.

Cook County

Across the county, seven houses suffered structural damage from trees falling on them and trees and powerlines are down across the county. 90% of the county is without power.

Echols County

Five structures suffered minor storm damage. All roads in the county are now open, except State Road 135 between Highway 95 and the Howell Community.

Power outages are impacting almost the entire county.

According to the EMA director, crews will be out cleaning up storm damage on Thursday.

Lowndes County

Traffic lights, trees and powerlines are reported downed across the county. Lowndes County EMA is urging residents to stay off of roadways and only call 911 in case of emergency. There has been one weather-related death in the county.

Lanier County

Several trees are down across the county, especially in Lakeland. Trees are suspended on powerlines on several roads across I-135 South. Trees have been reported down on I-129. Powerlines are reported down on Highway 125 and Pine Street.

In Lakeland, the roof of the Bull Dogs #1 gas station and convenience store on Main Street was blown off. Half of a house roof was also reportedly blown off.

The internet service and phone lines were reported down in SGMC in Lanier County. There was also light flooding reported in the emergency room.

Thomas County

Downed trees and power outages have been reported across the county. Crews are still working on fixing storm damage and plan to continue to work into Thursday. A few homes across the county had trees fall on them. No injuries have been reported.

Turner County

Some power outages were reported in the Rebecca area.

Wilcox County

Trees down.

Worth County

Trees were reported down countywide with limbs on powerlines. Minor power outages across the county were also reported.

Here is a list of weather resources:

Below is a list of Albany radio stations that provide weather updates:

  • WALG 1590 AM broadcasts WALB news and weather
  • Hear our weather forecasts on the new RETRO - FM, 102.1
  • NASH FM 104.5 WKAK airs WALB’s meteorologist forecasts.