• Sandy brings wind, power outages and snow flurries to Georgia


    ATLANTA - Utility crews are working to restore power to hundreds of customers along Niskey Lake Road after a tree downed by winds associated with Sandy knocked out power lines.

    Ten spans of lines and two power poles were snapped when the tree came down late Tuesday onto a vacant home.

    Georgia Power said it will still take hours before power is restored to the 260 customers in the area.

    Overnight, a tree fell onto a car on Vistavia Circle in Decatur, off Clairmont Road, also knocking down power lines.

    Georgia Power sent crews to the northeast to help lines damaged there by Sandy, but the utility company wants people to know it has enough staff to handle local customers’ power problems.

    Sandy’s effects could be felt even more in north Georgia, where Channel 2’s Craig Lucie experienced cold and windy weather in Towns County Tuesday morning, along with some light snow flurries.

    Lucie said the temperature was in the 40s, but gusts up to 50 mph made it feel like it was in the 30s.

    A high wind warning in the area lasts until 8 p.m. and a freeze warning is in place through Wednesday morning.

    Emergency management officials are warning drivers to be safe on the roads. Lucie said he felt heavy winds pushing his car as he drove into Hiawassee.

    Channel 2 meteorologist David Chandley experienced heavier snow in Madison County Tuesday morning. He estimated around five inches of snow had fallen just north of the Georgia border.


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