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Posted: March 19, 2013 10:57 a.m.

Thousands of Georgians without power after storms

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of Georgians were without power Tuesday morning after rain, hail and heavy winds buffeted parts of Georgia.

Trees and power lines were down throughout areas of northwest Georgia.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, but crews worked through the night to trim that number to fewer than 30,000 by early Tuesday morning.

In northwest Georgia, a store was destroyed and 12 homes were damaged between Cave Spring and Silver Creek, south of Rome in Floyd County, the National Weather Service reported.

Officials said power lines had also fallen onto a vehicle on Padlock Mountain Road in Cave Spring. The National Weather Service reported six people in Floyd County suffered minor injuries in the storm.

By 10 a.m. Tuesday, as power was still being restored across Georgia, Polk County had the highest number of outages statewide, followed by Floyd County, Georgia Power reported. Baldwin, Bibb and Jones counties also had significant numbers of outages, utility officials said.

On Thursday night, light snow will be possible across much of north Georgia as a fast-moving storm system moves into the area, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. No significant accumulations are expected, though the system could leave a dusting of snow in higher elevations, forecasters said.

 
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