Trees on main transmission line ( photo-HEMC)

(Cleveland)- White County officials continue to handle weather-related issues Monday. Early morning winds measured at more than 50 mph blew down numerous trees and caused extensive power outages.  At one point over 9, 000 Habersham Electric customer meters were affected by the outage in White County with a total in the service area of over 15,000 outages.

In addition to high winds knocking down power line areas of extreme north White County had to deal with some snow and slick roads. 

At 10:20 AM Habersham Electric reported that 15,343-meter outages were reported. The majority of those were in White County with over 85-hundred outages showing on the outage map.  Georgia Power also has several outages in the county with the heaviest concentration of those in the Asbestos Road area.

Photo (HEMC)

HEMC reports in a Facebook post that, “ It is tough to get to some areas due to hazardous conditions. The main issues continue to be wind, wet ground conditions and transmission issues”  HEMC reports approximately 10 broken poles with that number continuing to rise as the wind takes out more trees.

The Facebook post says,” We continue to be in close communications with GA Power and Georgia Transmission on the transmission issues.  All crews are out working across the service area.   You can report outages and hazards through the HEMC  SmartHub app, online portal, or by phone at 800-640-6812 10:20