day, Oct. 12, 2018
A house on Starr Street in Tifton sustains damage from Hurricane Michael.
HURRICANE MICHAEL BATTERS SOUTH GA
STORM LEAVES THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Florida Gulf Coast
l punched into
night, toppling trees, downing power lines and disrupting life throughout the region.
, more than
residences and businesses were without power
, and approximately
percent of the
City of Tifton
, officials said. Throughout the state, about
Georgia Power customers were without power. And
Colquitt EMC customers, including some in
, were without electricity.
of this storm was the
City of Tifton
. The high winds along with the various intervals of weather caused a
serious safety concern
for responders, delaying necessary action in many areas,” City Manager
"The vast amount of
power outage is being restored," he added. "
Debris collection and
maintenance along our
roadways is underway."
Pyrzenski and Vice Mayor
Wes Ehlers traveled together around the city early Thursday to assess
Public Works Department
(ESG Inc.) has divided the city into
four quadrants and has 10 crews of
four people working as quickly as they can to
restore life as we know it," Ehlers said.
"The power companies that supply power to us are working extremely hard at restoring power. A high percentage of the city is or was without power, so please be
patient. They will get to you."
Tift County experienced some damage, with trees and limbs down and power lines across roads and property. Some areas were hit harder, such as
Starr Street in
Len Lastinger Elementary School. At least
two homes on the street had
trees strike their roofs, causing considerable damage.
traffic signals were still out late Thursday evening, as was power in many homes and businesses. As of
2 p.m. Thursday, Georgia Power said there were still
Customers can check
Georgia Power's outage map
'BOIL WATER' ADVISORY
Tift countians are under a
"Boil Water Advisory" at least until after
3 p.m. Friday.
Because of the
massive power outages caused by
Hurricane Michael, water pressure in parts of the water system dropped to
dangerously low levels. When this occurs, a
potential health hazard may exist in these areas of zero pressure from back-flow and/or back-siphonage of water of unknown quality into the water distribution system.
In order to protect the public from a potential health hazard, all residents that have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to
boil all water prior to use for
drinking, cooking or preparing baby food, officials said..
The water should be boiled for at least
one minute after reaching a rolling boil.
"It was found
early Thursday morning that an eight-inch
water main at
ruptured, causing over
27,000 gallons per hour to leak out of the system, explained City Manager
Pete Pyrzenski (pictured).
"This, coupled with the
total loss of power at every water well in the water system caused the
rapid decline of
water pressure. This was the main reason we had to comply with the state about the
boil advisory for all customers. This is being properly addressed, and the reaction to this situation was immediate,"
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A tree lodges in a roof of a residence on Tifton's Starr Street. Below, Tifton Public Works personnel clear one of many streets blocked by fallen trees.
HURRICANE BLAMED FOR AT LEAST SIX DEATHS IN U.S.
as a monster
storm – nearly ranking at a
– and was a
when it reached
Michael was the
hurricane ever to make landfall on the
, officials say. The storm has been blamed for
at least six deaths
state officials said
had defied a mandatory
order ahead of the storm.
The small beachfront community,
miles south of
, was where the Category 4 storm made
on Wednesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of
below the threshold of
It was the
strongest hurricane ever to hit the
As of Thursday evening, more than
homes and businesses in the Southeast had no electricity. Michael also hit
as a tropical storm with heavy downpours and was threatening to cause
805 Cromer Road
Saturday, October 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
From I-75, Exit 64, travel 9 miles north on Highway 41, turn left onto Cromer Road … the house is located immediately on the right.
Storage units full of shop equipment, tools, lawn equipment, gardening tools, fencing, outdoor furniture, office furniture, home furniture and décor, kitchenware and appliances, holiday decorations, collectables, linens, clothing
and much more!
TIFT BLUE DEVILS FACE
'DELAY OF GAME'
has pushed back the
public high school Region 1-7A
football games by one week. There will be
Tift County High School Blue Devils
will now travel to
to face the
Lowndes High Vikings
Friday, Oct. 19
On Oct. 26
Colquitt County High
INERT LANDFILL REOPENS FRIDAY
Tift County Inert Landfil
l will be open
Friday, Oct. 12
free of charge
with an ID/proof of a
. Free disposal will be offered for
, not commercial businesses.
l is located at
601 Armour St., Tifton
TIFTON STORM DAMAGE WIDESPREAD
Fulwood Boulevard in Tifton was completely blocked Thursday.
A picnic shelter at Fulwood Park was demolished by Hurricane Michael.
STORM CANCELS 'ON GOLDEN POND'
The production of the play
“On Golden Pond”
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
, according to
, Arts Connection director at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
The production was scheduled to run
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS FUNDRAISER
RESET FOR OCT. 25
Hurricane Michael, the
Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Tift Area
The BCAF Live Auction
Thursday, Oct. 25,
Doors open at
at the lodge,
422 Victory Drive North, Tifton
. Many valuable
Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Tift Area,
was started more than
years ago by a
who saw a need. The foundation’s goal is to
help breast cancer survivors
cope with the diagnosis, treatment and recovery issues. Its motto is “You never have to face cancer alone.”
including post-surgical and mastectomy garments, breast prostheses, wigs and lymphedema sleeves. It
assists with funds
for lymphedema evaluations and some treatments. It also
with pharmacy bills, utility bills, gas cards and food baskets.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a
raised are used for
little or no insurance
, contact BCAF Chairman
'NORTH AMERICA'S PREMIER FARM SHOW' OPENS TUESDAY-THURSDAY
Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition
will celebrate its
, with more than
exhibitors who will display and demonstrate products and welcome thousands of visitors to the 100-acre site.
North America’s Premier Farm Show
and the largest farm show in America with field demonstrations, the
Sunbelt Ag Expo
brings together all segments of
including farmers, educators, policy-makers, ag-enthusiasts and families. All attending the show will see the ag industry's latest innovation and technology.
There will be more than
seminars and demonstrations In exhibit areas for beef, dairy, poultry, forestry, pond management, equine and cattle management.
A crowd pleaser is the
. These demos showcase harvesting and tillage equipment for cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and hay. As in the past, cotton will be harvested during the show. In addition, hay demos will include all facets of hay harvesting from cutting to baling and will provide visitors the opportunity to see 80 different types of hay harvesting equipment run in a true farm setting.
There’s never a dull moment during the
show: There is a daily rolling
Antique Tractor Parade
American Grand Finals Stock Dog Trials
(the largest field of competition in recent Expo history), and even a
Cow Milking Contest
Add in rural lifestyle fun,
test drives, and the venue is one for rural enthusiasts.
Sunbelt Ag Expo
is open next
Tuesday through Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, and until
4 p.m. Thursday
. Admission at the gate is
per person per day.
The show site is
TIFTAREA YARD SALES
Tifton Grapevine is now
accepting Yard Sales!
Fees are $1 per word, paid in advance
Frances Waldrop Barfield, 86,
Larry Gene Muse, 76,
Shawn Dewayne Brown, 38,
Betty Ann Moore, 72,
Jimmy Max Puckett, 79,
James Marcus "Marc" Holt, 64,
James Edward Newell, 83,
Lula Mae Weldon, 81,
Marlene Ellis Carter, 69,
Raymond Kyle Bobo Sr., 69,
"Bob" Joe Potts 78,
Julian A. Vickers, 87,
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