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Traffic lights, power lines down at PTC’s major intersection

Traffic lights, power lines down at PTC’s major intersection

UPDATE 11:36 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Winter weather has brought down the traffic signal at Ga. highways 54 and 74, normally Peachtree City’s busiest intersection.

Motorists should completely avoid the area as live power lines are down as well, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.

The police department posted the info on Facebook around 10:30 p.m. tonight.

The police department itself has lost outside power and is working on emergency backup power.

Numerous officers have been called in to work along with volunteers from the auxiliary police force. Read More»

PTC family escapes injury from tree crashing into their house

Lilly Evans climbs aboard the tree that narrowly missed her and her mother. Photo/Special.

James Evans’ wife Jami and daughter Lillian narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon when a pine tree, weighted down with ice, came crashing into the wall outside the room where they were watching television.

Evans — who lives on Hip Pocket Road in Peachtree City — took photos and tells the story:

At right above, Lilly Evans climbs aboard the tree that narrowly missed her and her mother. Photo/Special.
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The Citizen winter storm news updates

Updated 4:42 p.m. Thursday – Fayette County is starting to thaw out from the great ice storm of 2014 as most roads are clear, and the traffic lights have been repaired Read More»

Police: stay off icy roads

PTC cops warn that N. Peachtree Parkway is likely to be closed to all but local traffic

With ice expected to cover local roads tomorrow, Peachtree City police are urging all motorists to stay off the road to stay safe. It might turn out to be good advice throughout Fayette and Coweta counties, and based on reports we've heard from grocery stores, locals are prepared to hunker down for a day or more if necessary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has also urged drivers to get off the roads so they can be pretreated with salt and sand by the Georgia Department of Transportation, which has called in extra staff and vehicles from South Georgia to assist.

Officials want to make sure the roads are clear so they can respond to emergencies. Read More»

Iced-in Wednesday ahead for Fayette, Coweta

UPDATED 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 — It’s official: Wednesday will be icy — up to nearly a half-inch of ice on trees, parked cars and roads in Fayette and Coweta counties, the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City says in issuing a winter storm warning.

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts that the temperature dips below freezing around 5 a.m. Wednesday and stays there for at least the next 24 hours, the NWS says. That means liquid water turns to ice and there will be no melting until Thursday.

A day-long freezing rain could cause trouble for electrical power lines as ice-loaded tree limbs fall across live wires. Everyone should be prepared to lose power for an extended period Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS says. Read More»

State tornado drill pushed to Friday at 9 a.m.

Schools, hospitals and businesses encouraged to participate

Officials have moved the statewide tornado drill, originally scheduled for this morning, to Friday at 9 a.m.

The drill was moved due to the potential for inclement weather that would require the attention of the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, which will sound the alert to start the drill.

Fayette residents may also hear the county's severe weather warning sirens go off around 9 a.m. as well, which is a planned part of the drill. Read More»

Gov. Deal: winter storm alerts will come via cellphone

Task force appointed to recommend changes as Deal orders GEMA to work with meteorologists in advance of storms

Taking advantage of available technology, Georgia residents will now receive a storm warning on cellphones in targeted areas to advise against road travel, according to Gov. Nathan Deal.

In the wake of the snowstorm that snarled metro Atlanta commuters Jan. 28, leaving some students stranded at schools and traversing iced-over roads on school buses, Deal announced further immediate changes today in a news release. Read More»

It's still dangerous on the roads ... even at 2 p.m.

Peachtree City Police reported a crash on Peachtree Parkway near Windgate Road that resulted in the parkway being closed in both directions as the driver was entrapped.

Just another reminder that caution is strongly advised if you HAVE to go anywhere. While ice on many roads has melted, there are still some slick spots out there, particularly on shady stretches of road.

Fayette school closed Friday for students, 11 a.m. start for staff

Photo of Fayette County's historic former courthouse in the snow Tuesday night courtesy of James Breest Photography, Fayetteville.

Major roads OK, but side streets remain icy in shady patches

UPDATED 4:50 p.m. Jan. 30 — The Fayette County School System will remain closed Friday, Jan. 31 “due to concerns about the icy conditions of secondary roadways,” according to system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

But officials expect all schools will be operating normally Monday. Read More»

Coweta schools closed on Thursday; Coweta EMA chief to drivers - 'stay off roadways'

The continued effects of the winter storm on roadways has led to Coweta County schools remaining closed on Thursday for students and staff, according to school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones on Wednesday morning said the 911 center through Tuesday and into Wednesday received 100-200 calls, with many of those being accident-related. Read More»

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