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Covington has widespread outage due to storm

COVINGTON — The city of Covington experienced a widespread power outage due to severe weather Wednesday afternoon.

“The city’s substation on Elm Street lost power due to a tree which fell into a jointly owned 115,000 volt transmission line next to Cousins Middle School on Carlton Trail, damaging the line,” Utilities Director Bill Meecham said. “Since this was an 8-feeder station, meaning eight main local distribution lines running from it through town, the outage was widespread through the city.”

Meecham estimated 5,000 customers were affected and reported that the almost all of the affected residences and businesses had power restored by 5 p.m.

Snapping Shoals EMC spokeswoman Leigh-Anne Burgess said about 1,400 customers were without power, also due to a downed tree on Ga. Highway 162. The outage occurred about 3 a.m. Thursday, but Burgess said power was quickly restored.

Newton County was mostly spared from damage from the massive storm system that killed two Wednesday. The deaths occurred in Adairsville in Bartow County, where a tornado was reported to have touched down, and in Tennessee.

The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sunny skies for Newton County over the next few days, with a high of 46 today and a low of 25. Highs are expected to be in the mid-50s over the weekend.