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Power outages, downed trees widespread in Peach

Shelter with 120 in North Macon hunker down for Irma winds

Red Cross shelter at North Macon Park offers 120 a place to ride out the remants of Hurricane Irma even as lights go out.
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Red Cross shelter at North Macon Park offers 120 a place to ride out the remants of Hurricane Irma even as lights go out.

Irma hit Peach County hard Monday, with many fallen trees and widespread power outages.

Sheriff Terry Deese said at approximately 5 p.m. that most of the county was without power, and power crews weren’t working yet because of the continuing high winds. He expected repair work to get started at about 8 p.m., so many people could still be without power Tuesday.

“It’s just been a rough, wet, windy day,” he said.

Flint Energies listed 4,138 customers in Peach without power as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Deese said many trees had fallen throughout the county, including a couple on homes, but he said he was not aware of anyone being injured. Pecans are a big crop in the county and growers were concerned about damage to trees. Deese said he saw many damaged pecan trees, including some that were completely felled.

Emergency personnel were still working to remove trees from roads, but he said they could not remove any tangled in power lines until the power company responds. He said some trees were leaning near roadways and could pose a danger to any traffic.

“The roads are still in pretty bad shape,” he said.

A curfew was put in place at 2:30 a.m. and will remain in effect until 6 a.m. People are asked to stay off the roads until they have an important reason to be out.

Eisenhower shopping center loses a section of it's facade as Tropical Storm Irma drives through Macon.

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