Some 5,000 Columbus homes and businesses lost power this morning because of a downed tree limb, though only about 1,000 are still without power, authorities said.
Those remaining 1,000 buildings with no electricity are expected to have their power restored no later than noon, said Robert Watkins, spokesman with Georgia Power.
“A tree limb fell across the line and caused the whole problem,” Watkins added.
The outage happened at 7:07 a.m., affecting buildings in the area of Wynnton Road and 13th Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the Overlook area, Watkins said. Most had their power back in an hour, though 1,024 buildings remained dark at 8:20 a.m.