Storms knock out lights in Georgia
by The Associated Press
December 27, 2012 12:29 AM | 738 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Strong storms swept across Georgia early Wednesday, part of a large weather system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation’s midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes in Alabama.

Winds in western Georgia continued during the day.

About 7,500 customers were without power around the state at noon Wednesday, Georgia Power officials said early Wednesday. About 3,300 of them were in metro Atlanta. A power company spokeswoman said those numbers have fluctuated since the early morning, as crews restore power even as falling trees and limbs continue to cause new outages.

Christmas Day forecasts included the chance of tornadoes in metro Atlanta, but the line of thunderstorms passed the city overnight with no widespread damage or injuries reported.

State Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said the department continues to monitor strong winds, though she said there have been no tornado warnings anywhere in the state.

Still, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City warned that high winds expected to blast much of the state throughout the day Wednesday could topple trees in already saturated soil.

The weather service issued a wind advisory for north and central Georgia through 10 p.m. Wednesday. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph were expected.

In Atlanta, the world’s busiest airport was operating normally Wednesday morning, after the storms passed, said Myrna White, a spokeswoman at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The airport’s website showed a handful of cancelled flights from cities hard-hit by snow, including a pair of Delta flights that were to have arrived in Atlanta from Indianapolis on Wednesday.

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