Zeta rips through Coweta, leaving over 16,000 without power


From Staff Reports

Tropical Storm Zeta rolled through Coweta County and north Georgia early this morning bringing gusty wind, rain and many power outages.

As of 9:33 a.m., Coweta-Fayette EMC are reporting that 14,622 members have been affected with power outages in Coweta County. Georgia Power is reporting 1,852. Published reports say over 1 million folks in Georgia are presently without power.

Winds at the Newnan-Coweta County Airport reached a high gust of 41 mph at 3:55 a.m. The weather station there recorded sustained winds between 20-23 mph from 2:55 a.m. until 6:15 a.m. In that same period, wind gusts ranged from 32 mph to 41. Those winds and saturated grounds from recent rains likely contributed to many downed trees reports across the county.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory through 11 a.m. today for Coweta County and the surrounding areas. Southwest winds are expected to be near 15 mph, gusting to 30 at times. The Flash Flood Watch has been cancelled.

The City of Newnan Public Works Department says their crews are working to clear and reopen streets in affected areas as quickly as possible. They ask the public to place any limbs and brush from the storm curbside separate from any storm debris. Due to the anticipated volumes, the regularly-scheduled collection of yard debris will resume on normal schedule after crews have cleared affected areas.

Today’s weather forecast from the NWS … Thursday – Tropical storm conditions possible. A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 75. … Thursday night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Click the following link for the Coweta-Fayette EMC Outage map: https://outage.utility.org/OMSWebMap/OMSWebMap.htm.

Click the following link for the Georgia Power Outage Map: https://outagemap.georgiapower.com/.


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