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Icy conditions grip Bulloch
Power outages, fires plague area; wet weather to end today
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Marsha Parker of Parker Realty, background left, makes her way to work on East Main Street Monday despite freezing rain and sleet in Statesboro and Bulloch County. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

While the freezing rain and sleet likely continued through the night, the National Weather Service predicted the icy precipitation will slow down around 10 a.m. today and then drizzle intermittently until around 1 p.m. before tapering off.

But with the moisture still on the ground, combined with freezing temperatures overnight, roadways can be dangerous, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.

After working from 3 a.m. to well after 6 p.m. Monday, Wynn said the day saw massive regional power outages, downed power lines, fallen trees and a few fires caused by sparking electrical wires.

Both Georgia Power Company and Excelsior Electrical membership Corporation had hundreds of calls as customers found themselves without power. A grid found at www.excelsioremc.com, under the tab labeled "outage information" showed the company fielding hundreds of calls an hour as linemen worked to restore power all across the region.

However, some reports by Bulloch County public safety officials communicating via radio stated some customers may be without power for days. Wynn confirmed the possibility, and said work was "non-stop" Monday for linemen as well as Bulloch County transportation, public safety and other emergency response workers as they cleared trees from roadways, repaired downed power lines and extinguished fires caused by the fallen lines.

Downed lines that caused fires included some on Moore Road, Dean Nichols Road, and North Main Street at Debbie Drive, according to reports.

Just before 7 p.m. Monday, Excelsior EMC reported 1,687 confirmed customers without power, and a suspected 3,584 unconfirmed customers without power, according to the website.

In spite of the weather, Bulloch County public schools were in session Monday, and were expected to be in session today, said Bulloch County School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway.

He said roadways appeared to be "fine" and safe to travel Monday morning, and said the only incident that occurred Monday was one school bus would not crank. Surrounding counties canceled school Monday and today.

National Weather Service reports Monday night predicted a high of 41 degrees today, with rainfall ceasing later this evening, and lows dropping to 26 degrees for the Statesboro area.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny but cold, with a high of 42 degrees and a low of 22 degrees. Thursday and Friday are expected to be similar, with temperatures rising to the mid-to-high 50's over the weekend, with lows in the low to mid 30's and no rainfall.

Wynn warned drivers of "black ice" on bridges and overpasses, and said drivers should exercise caution in travel early today until the ice melts.

Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

 

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