A line of severe storms that raked across the region Monday night downed trees and power lines in all areas of Troup County and the lightning associated with them is suspected in two house fires.
Troup 911 Director Suzy Noles said the fires were reported at 38 Salem Road and 952 Thrash Road, during the storm. Details on the fires were unavailable this morning.
Trees also fell on houses on Newton Road and in the 3000 block of Hogansville Road. A tree fell on a car at Hogansville and Tin Bridge Roads, but the driver was uninjured, Noles said.
A Diverse Power spokesman said the electric provider had a total of 15,000 power outages in its service area of Heard, Troup, Meriwether, Harris and Chambers (Ala.) counties. Most of those were in Troup County, but had been reduced to isolated cases by late this morning.
The city of LaGrange said it expects all customers to have power restored by noon after crews worked throughout the night.
“At the peak of the storm, we had approximately 2,000 customers without power,” said Patrick Bowie, LaGrange utilities director. “The areas impacted included the areas around Borton Street, Ragland Street, Hammett Road, Park Avenue, Westwood Drive, Hogansville Road, Country Club Drive, and Gordon Circle.”
The storms blew through around 6 p.m., prompting a severe thunderstorm warning that lasted about a half an hour. Hail was reported in West Point and golf ball-size hail fell for 10 minutes in Hogansville. Hogansville lost about 12 trees to the storm and had isolated power outages.
Noles said trees fell from one end of the county to the other, including four down on Interstate 85. Other trees went down on Owensbyville Road, Hazel Way, Rob Roy Road, Hogansville Road from Whispering Pines Apartments to the city limit of Hogansville, Davis Road, Ramp Road, Oakmont Road, Cameron Mill Road, Chase Road, Hammett Road, Glover Road, Hightower Road, Shady Oaks Drive, McKinley Circle, Whitaker and Roanoke roads, Cedar Ridge, and in the 2000 and 5000 block of West Point Road.