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Fallen trees, high winds knock out power during morning commute

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10AM UPDATE: Georgia Power reports 572 active outages that are affecting about 30,000 customers. The outages are concentrated in Griffin, Coweta and Rockdale, at this time.

9AM UPDATE:
Georgia Power reports 461 active outages that are affecting about 36,502 customers. The outages are concentrated in Upson, Spalding, Coweta, Henry and Butts counties, at this time.

8AM UPDATE:
Georgia Power reports 352 active outages that are affecting about 46,361 customers. The outages are focused in south Clayton, south DeKalb and Henry counties, at this time.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As many as 44,000 households lost power during the early morning wind storms that affected much of the southern metro area Wednesday morning.

The heavy winds took down trees and power lines and damaged buildings from Hapeville to Jackson before sunrise. Georgia Power crews were dispatched and trying to restore power around south metro as early as 4:30 a.m.

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Reports of fallen trees started coming in from all over the metro around 7:30 a.m. and the clean up efforts are expected to be in full-swing for much of the morning.

According to Meteorologist Joanne Feldman, most of the area from south metro to Macon will be under a Wind Advisory until noon. The cold front will bring scattered showers and thundershowers to the area, until 4 p.m. And then the weather is expected to dry out well into the weekend.

The greatest risk for development of tornadoes will once again be to our west across Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

More showers and storms will linger overnight leading to the threat of flooding from persistent heavy downpours.

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The Governor of Georgia declared a State of Emergency late Monday:

"In preparation for severe storms that have caused extensive damage in states to the west, Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, which will free up all state resources needed for preparation and response in the counties targeted by the storm.“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” Deal said. “Georgia is threatened at least through tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.

“The state is sending the latest weather information we have available to affected schools districts, so that they can make informed decisions as they plan for tomorrow. I recommend that Georgians download the Ready Georgia app, follow GEMA on Twitter and tune in to media reports as the weather develops.”

The state of emergency will extend until the threat subsides."
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