Winds cause power outages across city

ALBANY, Ga. -- Winds whipping at 28 to 38 miles per hour caused numerous limbs to collapse onto power lines Monday afternoon.

Officers with the Albany Police Department were directing traffic at several locations around 5 p.m. where several traffic lights went out while firefighters with the Albany Fire Department responded to calls of limbs blown on top of power lines.

At 6 p.m. only one reported Water, Gas & Light Commission crew were responding to the outages.

A representative from WG&L said Monday evening the utility company was working to restore the power as quickly as possible.

"I don't have time to talk to you -- do you hear these phones ringing? We are very busy," the WG&L official said during a phone interview with a reporter from The Herald.

The WG&L official said all power should be restored by 11 p.m. Monday night.

Power outages were in the 1200 block of Hilltop Drive, the 2300 block of Devon Street, the 100 block of Patrol Drive and a traffic light was out on Gillionville Road.

The strong winds also caused a limb to fall on top of a residence on the 1200 block of Fifth Avenue, said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

The damage to the home by the falling limb was said to be minimal.