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October 11--  High winds and lots of rain hit the Vidalia area as Hurricane Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm when it blew through Sweet Onion Country Wednesday night.

trucktreeWendell Thompson, the owner of this truck was sitting in the cab recharging his phone when a tree toppled onto his carport.

Loss of electricity is the biggest impact on nearly 30,000 people.  Tammy Vaughn with Altamaha EMC reported 14,000 customers without power and Greg HudgIns with Georgia Power reported 9,500 customers without power.

"In Vidalia that's about 2,200 customers, Swainsboro is about the same with 2,200 customers, Baxley has about 1,500, Mount Vernon with about 1,100 customers and with a few other locations you finish up with 9,500," HudgIns said early Thursday morning.

The gusty winds prevented utility crews from getting out during the storm and Hudgens says recovery time depends on damage assessments, "Once we can get ten percent of the area assessed, it will give us a better idea of our estimated restoration time.  Hopefully, most of these customers can be back on within 24 hours, but before we do our assessment, I really can't say.  It depends on the kind of damage we find.  Sometime these trees and wind will break a line, sometimes a pole," HudgIns said.

Recovery officials are urging people to stay home Thursday if at all possible to speed up the assessment process.

Areas of southwest Georgia we're much harder hit, according to GNN reporter John Clark, "Apparently Albany has been almost destroyed by this storm.  From what people are telling us, Albany is just devastated," he said.

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