Reggie Carter didn’t know his off-campus residence had lost power until he arrived home after practice at around 6 p.m.
As a college student, his options to pass the time were limited.
“No video games, no Wi-Fi, no TV,” Carter said. “I had my phone but I had to save enough juice to wake me up with an alarm.”
Carter was on the 50 percent side of Athens residents who lost power when Tropical Storm Irma came through the state of Georgia. Carter attempted to take a nap and sleep through it but woke up 30 minutes later.
It was a long night, considering the lack of activities available.
“I was doing stuff with the hope it would go by fast,” Carter said. “I took a nap at 6. I woke up at 6:30. Imagine that. I had so much time on my hands.”
The Five Points neighborhood, located near Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, was still dealing with a power outage Tuesday morning. A few trees snapped during the storm and a couple of roads were blocked off. Athens turned out better than many other cities in the state, with Irma claiming two lives in Georgia.
With Gov. Nathan Deal issuing a state of emergency for both Monday and Tuesday, classes were canceled at Georgia both days.
While Carter lost power, teammates Isaiah Wynn, Nick Chubb and Lorenzo Carter did not. With winds reaching 40 mph circulating outside, the team operated Monday like any other day.
“We’re still in that constant grind mode, whether we had class or we didn’t,” Wynn said.
Wynn’s family, which resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, is still without power after Irma wreaked havoc through the state of Florida.
He said he has been in constant communication with his family, which he said is doing fine.
“I thought it was crazy, that whole hurricane coming in,” Wynn said. “Luckily it went down in categories the closer it touched ground. I’m just thankful everybody is OK.”