Power restored in north Macon outage

lfabian@macon.comDecember 26, 2012 

Hundreds of north Macon residents woke up without electricity Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 6 a.m., a tree fell onto power lines in the 5200 block of Rivoli Drive, near Northside Drive.

Firefighters arrived to find the live wire arcing, and crews remained on the scene until repairs could be made about 9 a.m.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright said 280 customers lost electricity around Brittany Downs from that one fallen tree.

At 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, the utility company was working on 11 events that disrupted power across the state, including five in the Macon area.

Those other Macon-area outages were smaller, affecting fewer than 10 customers each, but the on-duty crews were handling them in order, Boatright said.

Georgia Power also was called due to a downed power line near Jackson Springs and Oakcliff roads in the Shirley Hills neighborhood in east Macon.

Several downed trees across Middle Georgia kept public works crews busy clearing streets through the day, but no major incidents were reported.

The utility company urges everyone to keep portable electronics fully charged and to have flashlights available due to the threat of more outages after recent rain.

Winds are expected to diminish Thursday, but gusts up to 20 mph are expected.

Drought-stressed trees are more susceptible in the high winds.

Temperatures are forecast to dip slightly below freezing Thursday morning, which means standing water could freeze on the roads before temperatures warm to a high in the low 50s.

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