No lie – I’m sitting at Grayson Coffee House right now, listening to Etta James sing “Stormy Weather.” Ironic, since stormy weather is why I’m here in the first place.
Last night’s storm was a doozy. So much so, some estimate that over 250,000 Georgians were left without power in its aftermath. According to the Gwinnett County Fire Department, there were over 12 incidents of trees falling on houses and/or taking down power lines, with at least once incident of a tree falling on power lines causing a house fire.
Reports from our area have trees down on Chandler Road, New Hope Road, and Hope Hollow Road. The tree down at Hope Hollow knocked out power to homes along the road, as well as homes in the Wildwood and Vines Plantation subdivisions.
According to Georgia Power officials, power should be restored to that area by 11:30PM tonight.
For those without power, that might seem like a long time, but here’s how the Georgia Power website explains the restoration process:
You’ll see us concentrate our restoration efforts on the main distribution lines serving communities. Returning to operation your vital community services – hospitals, emergency and public safety services, and water and sewage stations – is a priority.
We also focus on repairs that return power to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time. Finally, we repair smaller lines until crews get down to individual lines in neighborhoods.
Until power is restored, we suggest you move persons with serious medical problems or disabilities to a location with service.