2017-09-13 / Front Page

Hurricane Irma downs trees and power lines

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Hurricane Irma took down this tree in the front yard of a Deklekle Avenue residence on Monday. The tree fell across power lines, creating outages in the area. (Photos contributed)Hurricane Irma took down this tree in the front yard of a Deklekle Avenue residence on Monday. The tree fell across power lines, creating outages in the area. (Photos contributed)
Hurricane Irma roared through Georgia on Monday of this week with high winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and coastal storm surges. Locally, most of the damage incurred from Irma came from falling trees and tree limbs which resulted in numerous power outages.

At the height of the storm, Planters Electric Membership Corporation reported 6,444 outages. By 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, 2,515 customers remained without power, 846 of those being in Jenkins County. The utility encountered numerous broken poles and other damage to its lines.

Georgia Power reported 840,000 customers without power as of Tuesday morning, equivalent to nearly 50% of the company’s total residential customer base. The company reported more than 9,000 individual cases of damage or trouble. Numerous outages were incurred within the City of Millen with most being restored by the end of the day on Tuesday.


Planters E.M.C. crews encountered scenes such as this as they worked to restore power to their customers. Planters E.M.C. crews encountered scenes such as this as they worked to restore power to their customers. Jenkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Alvin Burke reported that there were no injuries or fatalities in the county. He also said that it was not necessary to open any certified shelters during the storm.

“The main damage from the storm was trees and tree limbs down across power lines. At one time, there were approximately 2,500 outages in Jenkins County,” he said.

Jenkins County Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday of this week due to the threat of Irma, but were set to reopen today, Wednesday, as was county government offices. The City of Millen municipal building was closed on Monday, but reopened Tuesday. Most local businesses have also reopened.



The pecan orchard of Sally Clarke on W. Old Savannah Road was littered with fallen tree limbs from the storm. The pecan orchard of Sally Clarke on W. Old Savannah Road was littered with fallen tree limbs from the storm.

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