Power outages, trees down in Tuesday night’s storm

Steena Hymes

April 30, 2014

The second wave of severe storms resulted in several power outages and fallen trees throughout the county according to reports from officials.

Jay Bartlett, electric superintendent with the LaGrange utilities, reported approximately 1,000 customers were without power last night. He said they only have an estimated 25 customers left without power currently.

Bartlett said the power outages travelled east throughout the city affecting Jones Street, Timothy Street, Hill Street, Piney Woods Drive, Mooty Bridge and New Franklin. He also reported Franklin Forest Elementary lost power at some point during the night.

Stewart Smith, public information officer with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, reported power outages in the northern part of the county and on Whitesville Road near the interstate beginning around 3 a.m. He said most of the power has been fixed, but power companies are still working.

He also reported trees knocked over throughout the county, though no damages.

Hogansville Police reported power outages scattered all throughout the city, but said most of the city is back on. They also reported a few fallen trees.

Officials with the Troup 911 said they have over 30 reports of trees being knocked over all throughout the county and city.

Bartlett reported wind damage causing tree limbs to fall on power lines.

The National Weather Service released the details of Monday night’s tornado that touched down in the northern part of the county.

According to the report, the tornado was classified a EF-2 with 120 mph winds. It traveled 5.5 miles in 150 yard-width. The report stated the tornado began at 7 p.m. two miles northeast of Wares Crossroads and ended at 7:10 p.m. three miles northeast of Harrisonville.

The NWS issued a tornado warning at 7:03 p.m. based on a radar reading at 6:58 p.m., meteorologist Keith Stellman said.