Bulloch County and surrounding areas experienced widespread, scattered power outages Wednesday night and Thursday morning due to Hurricane Michael, but escaped major damage.
Bulloch County 911 Director Kelly Bernard said there was no serious damage reported, but throughout the area, trees and limbs falling caused scattered power outages and temporary road closures.
Excelsior EMC and Georgia Power crews were out during the storm, repairing lines and restoring power, but several homes remained without electricity Thursday afternoon.
Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said there were 5,637 power outages for Excelsior EMC and 2,770 Georgia Power accounts without power in Bulloch.
While calls to Excelsior EMC were answered by automated response, recorded messages late Thursday informed callers that crews were working “around the clock” to restore power, but some outages could last through the weekend. The company’s recorded message stated there was no estimate on times for restoration but assured customers that extra crews were arriving to help.
Georgia Power spokesperson Swann Seiler said there were about 738 customers still without electricity Thursday evening, but crews would be working overnight to make repairs.
According to an outage map on the Excelsior EMC website (www.excelsioremc.com), there were about 2,617 customers still without power late Thursday afternoon.
Wynn said the winds began pummeling Bulloch County around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, with wind gusts as high as 45 mph recorded at the Emergency Operations Center on Highway 301 North.
At 4 a.m., 15 roads were blocked by trees, with more discovered after daybreak, but crews got out early and by late afternoon, all roads were cleared, he said.
Rainfall overnight was minimal and was “not an issue.”
Barnard said there were no injuries reported due to the storm.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.