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High winds bring down trees, power lines

NCSS reschedules portion of CRCT

A worker clears up what remains of a large oak tree on Main Street in Olde Town Conyers that fell victim to high winds early Wednesday morning. A number of downed trees and limbs and power outages were reported throughout the east metro area. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)

A worker clears up what remains of a large oak tree on Main Street in Olde Town Conyers that fell victim to high winds early Wednesday morning. A number of downed trees and limbs and power outages were reported throughout the east metro area. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)

CONYERS — High winds that blew through the east metro area early Wednesday morning brought down some trees, power lines, and even contributed to the Newton County School System rescheduling standardized testing planned for the day.

Jennifer Edwards, public relations director with the city of Conyers, said public works crews worked for about an hour between 7 and 8 Wednesday morning to remove downed trees in the middle of roadways.

The Conyers Police Department reported around 7:15 a.m. that trees were down on Milstead Avenue at Woodland, as well as on Reagan Circle and on Eastview just east of Rowland Road.

Wind gusts up to 55 mph were reported at some points, the CPD stated.

Edwards said a tree on Gardner Road brought down power lines, which caused power outages there for a time.

“Two signals fell on West Avenue. Our Public Works Department tied those up but (they) are now working with a contractor to permanently fix those,” she said Wednesday afternoon.

Dan Morgan, director of Rockdale County’s Emergency Management Agency, said Rockdale Fire and Rescue, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Transportation and the Conyers Police Department responded to more than 35 calls of downed trees or power lines between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m. Six of those involved trees damaging homes, he said.

The roof at the CPD Criminal Investigation Division also sustained damage, Edwards said.

Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said Wednesday power outages in Rockdale County affected about 127 customers and about 60 in Newton County but were to be restored by 4 p.m.

He said due to the storm’s winds, trees and limbs knocked out power across the metro Atlanta area. The city of Covington experienced seven outages affecting about 175 customers, according to Covington Utility Director Tim Morris.

The storm damage and power outages were sufficient to cause a significant number of students to be late to school, prompting the Newton County School System to reschedule Wednesday’s CRCTs.

“Due to road conditions and power outages caused by the inclement weather, some students were late to school today. As a result, we opted to cancel today’s science CRCT test,” according to a notice posted by NCSS.

Students will still take the social studies CRCT Thursday (today) and will take the science portion Friday.

Citizen Staff Reporter Jessicah Peters contributed to this article.