Columbus storm damage update: Trees down, power out in overnight storm

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comApril 5, 2011 

The storm that moved through the area overnight downed trees and knocked out power, leaving some 5,000 people in Columbus without electricity early this morning.

Most have since had their power restored, Georgia Power said. About 1,000 people in the rural parts of Russell and Lee counties remained without power as of 11 a.m.

The storm also caused a fire at a Second Avenue gas station that caused thousands of dollars in damage, authorities said.

The storm entered the area around midnight. At 12:18 a.m., Columbus 911 reported several downed trees, power outages and a house hit by a tree. At 12:28 a.m., Columbus Fire & EMS was called to the Circle K at 4425 Second Ave., said Fire Marshal Ricky Shores.

“A tree pulled a power line back, broke it away from the building,” Shores said.

That led to a fire in the closed gas station, causing damage in electrical room and attic. Some $75,000 in damage was done. No one was injured, the fire marshal said.

Georgia Power officials said some 5,000 people in the Columbus area lost power during the storm. All but 92 homes had their electricity back at 8 a.m., said Robert Watkins, with Georgia Power.

The area most impacted by the storm was Manchester, Ga., where 2,000 homes remained without power as of 8 a.m., Watkins said.

Phenix City 911 reported no serious storm damage.

Columbus Fire & EMS trucks were at a number of spots across town dealing with downed trees. A large tree was reported down at Lakebottom Park. The National Weather Service said Columbus got about an inch of rain overnight.

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