Thousands without power after overnight thunderstorms

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HIAWASSEE, Ga – The overnight severe thunderstorms and high winds left 7,900 in the area without power and multiple trees blown down, and some flooding.

Blue Ridge Mountain EMC (BRMEMC) is working to restore power.

Some residents lost power around 12 a.m. until 7 a.m. due to trees across power lines. In his 8 a.m. update, BRMEMC Manager Jeremy Nelms reported that around 4,000 of the outages had been restored. However, the continued high winds are a concern for bucket truck use. The wind advisory ends at 10 a.m. according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Nelms asked the public to please stay out of the crews’ way while working and to follow social distancing guidelines. “We want these men to remain as healthy as possible to continue performing their jobs. Thank you!” said Nelms.

To report an outage, call BRMEMC or visit its website.

Feature image from BRMEMC.

Fetch Your News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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