Thousands lose power in storm

Since about 11 p.m. Monday. nearly 14,000 Georgia Power Co. customers in Columbus have suffered power outages. At 8 a.m. Tuesday, a company spokesperson reported that 175 customers are still without power.

The utility company expects to have service restored to almost all of its customers by noon today.

The storm also brought some much-needed rain — 2.37 inches at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport in the last 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service's Peachtree City, Ga., office. There was 1.56 inches before midnight and another .81 of an inch this morning.

To put that in perspective, Columbus got less than a quarter inch of rain for the whole month of May.

Georgia Power crews got busy about 11 p.m. Monday night.

"It is pretty much scattered all over town," said Sallyann Mount. "The outages are from Victory Drive to Fortson."

The biggest cluster of trouble is in the Armour Road, Manchester Expressway area. At 8 a.m., there were about 100 customers in that area without service.

"It looks like the brunt of it hit North Columbus," Mount said.

The trouble started around 11 p.m. Monday when a thunderstorm rolled into Columbus. Another storm came through between 4 a.m. and 5

The storm brought lightning and wind damage, Mount said..

The local Georgia Power office handled all of the repairs, and did not have to call in outside crews.