On Monday, a severe thunderstorm tore through Haralson County, knocking out power to thousands of homes and causing some damage to buildings.
As rain and strong winds pounded the west Georgia region Monday afternoon, more than 20,000 Georgia residents lost power as trees and power lines were downed by the damaging winds.
According to Kathy Yates of Georgia Power, more residents in Haralson County lost power than in the surrounding counties if Heard and Paulding.
“At peak time, 2,500 people lost power in Haralson County,” Yates said on Tuesday. “Of those, 1,800 of them were in Tallapoosa. They got hit the hardest.”
Power is expected to be restored to all residents by today as Georgia Power crews were working diligently to repair the lines earlier in the week.
In addition to downed power lines, some structures were also damaged by the strong winds.
Bremen Police Chief Keith Pesnell reported several downed trees, damaged signs and a damaged roof in downtown Bremen.
“We had a few signs damaged and the roof of an older building came off,” Pesnell said on Tuesday, “but we didn’t have any serious damage and there were no injuries.”
Pesnell said the debris was cleaned up quickly and there were only a few traffic delays.
“The city crew worked hard to get things cleaned up quickly and we helped with traffic, but overall it wasn’t too bad,” Pesnell said.
However, in Tallapoosa officials had a different story to tell. While no one was hurt, there was more damage to trees and property around town.
“It was pretty extensive,” said Lt. David Coy with the Tallapoosa Police Department. “We had to close several roads where large trees fell across them, we had power lines down, we had several buildings damaged, and when we lost power, security alarms started going off all over town.”
The Tally Mountain Golf Course reported a good deal of damage as well.
“We have between 400 and 500 trees down,” reported Angie Shields, an employee of the golf course. “Our fence around our golf carts is down, and our side porch has been completely demolished.”
According to Shields, only the first nine holes of the golf course were open on Wednesday; however, they hoped to have more open by the weekend. A small tournament had also been planned at the golf course for this weekend, but it has been cancelled.
Shields said Golf Course Director Billy McCorsky and other employees were working hard to get the course cleared as quickly as possible.
Two fires were reported in Tallapoosa as a result of the use of candles during the power outage. No injuries were reported.