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Winter storm – Afternoon update

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Winter storm – Afternoon update

Shadowmoor Drive. Photo by Decatur Fire and Rescue.
Shadowmoor Drive. Photo by Decatur Fire and Rescue.

Shadowmoor Drive. Photo by Decatur Fire and Rescue.

Here’s the latest about how cities in our area are faring during the winter storm.

The city of Decatur will close its offices tomorrow, Feb. 13. The recreation centers, municipal court and trash pickup are all cancelled, due to the weather. The city reported that Midway Road at South Candler was closed this afternoon because of a leaning tree that looked ready to fall. So far, that’s the only road closure reported in Decatur.

At 2 pm, Georgia Power reported it has restored power to thousands of its customers, but there are still thousands more who are experiencing outages.

“Georgia Power is experiencing widespread outages and damage to power lines and poles from ice covered trees. We continue to see an increasing number of outages as the freezing rain continues,” Georgia Power announced. “As of 2 pm we have restored service to 70,000 customers since the beginning of the storm, with 130,000 customers still without power.”

To see the power outage map, click here.

Avondale Estates administrative offices closed at 3 pm today, Feb. 12. City spokeswoman Kelly Brooks said, “Extra police were on duty and spent the night along with public works personnel. The police have been patrolling the city nonstop and public works is continuing to salt/sand the streets.”

Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross also checked in.

“Everything went fine last night,” she said. “The ice started falling around 5 am this morning and so far we have had no issues. We have chains on our tires and extra staff throughout the next several days. I was out checking on seniors this morning and there were very few cars on the road, which is the best thing. Tonight and tomorrow will be worse as the temperatures drop and the slush freezes.”

Decatur Fire and Rescue is advising the public to watch out falling limbs and downed power lines. City spokeswoman Casie Yoder said people should avoid going outside until things clear up. “It is very slippery and frozen outside and … even walking is hazardous (all the slush from earlier has frozen over),” she said. “It’s best to stay indoors for now.”

The Decatur Minute blog says the city’s Public Works Department was out and about clearing slush off the sidewalks and clearing roadways.

Atlanta Police have received reports of downed trees throughout the city. APD says that there are very few cars on the roads today.

The City of Atlanta closed government offices on Feb. 13 and the city has also opened additional warming shelters.

The city’s warming shelters are:

Center of Hope at Ben Hill, 2405 Fairburn Road SW, 30331

Center of Hope at Adamsville (New Adamsville), 3201 MLK Jr. Drive, 30311

Center of Hope at Peachtree Hills, 308 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, 30305

Center of Hope at Rosel Fann, 365 Cleveland Avenue, 30354

Central Recreation Center, 400 Merrits Ave NE, 30308

Old Adamsville, 3404 Delmar Lane, 30331

The National Weather Service predicts sleet and rain this afternoon that will become freezing rain after 4 pm. Tonight there will be more freezing rain and snow, becoming all snow after 1 am. The winter storm warning remains in effect through 1 pm, Feb. 13.

DeKalb County government has decided to close its offices on Thursday.

“This includes county administrative offices, including Parks and Recreation facilities, Senior Centers, water billing offices, Recorders Court and other administrative divisions…,” the county said in a press release. “There will be no Sanitation collections on Thursday.”