Damage to buildings and downed trees was widespread after a storm Tuesday night. Here, people assess damage to the rooftop of a building just off North Main Street in Jasper.
A violent storm blew through Pickens County last night, March 21st, downing numerous trees and powerlines. Thousands of residents were still without power at lunch time Wednesday. By Mid-day Thursday, power was restored to most residents in the county, with Georgia Power reporting no outages and AEMC reporting just 1,186 members without power across eight counties.
County EMA Director John Nicholson said no injuries related to the storm had been reported. He said they are aware of some roof damage to homes around the county and to commercial buildings, including the county's own public works headquarters on Camp Road.
Power outages appear to be the main lingering effect of the storm. Pickens schools were closed Wednesday as a result of the power outages and downed trees on roads.
“Our crews were called in immediately and we began to assess the damage,” said AEMC spokesperson Stacey Fields the Wednesday after the storm. “They worked into the night last night and will be working today and tomorrow. Crews are having to clear trees and it really depends on what they find. Some areas may very well be out through tonight and into tomorrow. We just don’t know yet.”
As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, there were 1,607 Amicalola EMC Pickens residents still without power, and a total of 9,705 in the nine-county Amicalola EMC service area.
Georgia Power reported 2,038 customers without power in Pickens County, out of their 4,000 customers here.
Included in the outage were many businesses in Jasper, particularly those south of downtown on Church Street, that were in the dark mid-day Wednesday(corrected from Tuesday following comment), able to transact only cash purchases.
At its peak 20,800 AEMC members were without power across the multi-county service area. There were several areas in Pickens County with clusters of outages on Wednesday, such as the 316 residents in the Grandview/Hwy 136 area, but Fields said there are numerous locations that have just one or two residents without power.
“It’s what we call widespread scattered outages,” she said. “It’s literally all over the county.”