Thousands lose power in storm Sunday

A storm that dumped more than an inch and a half of rain on the Columbus area knocked out power in about 4,400 local homes, according to power company officials.

The storm cut power to 2,400 homes in Columbus and about 4,000 in east Alabama, but most had it restored shortly.

A fallen power line on Highway 169 near Auburn caused some residents of that area to be without power until Monday morning because the line fell in a remote area and could not easily be reached, said Jan Ellis spokesperson for Alabama Georgia Power.

Most of the Columbus power was restored before midnight Sunday and by 2 a.m., all had been restored, according to Carol Boatwright spokesperson for Georgia Power.

The National Weather Service reported that Columbus received 1.62 inches of rain Sunday night. The deficit is now 7.07 inches.

Since January 1, Columbus has received 19.06 inches of rain. The normal rainfall count is 26.13 inches.

Tuesday may bring more rain with a 50 percent chance in the day and a 20 percent chance tonight. No rain is forecast for the Fourth of July, and temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s.