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Storms hit Jackson hard

Almost 14,000 without power at one point

POSTED: March 1, 2009 10:03 a.m.
The Georgia State Patrol and other area law enforcement agencies responded to numerous wrecks Sunday in the Hall County area, but most were not serious.

In Jackson County, one of the areas hit hardest by the storm, Sheriff's Maj. David Cochran said Sunday night that officers had worked a number of accidents because of dangerous roads. About 10,000 homes were without power in Jackson, Banks and Barrow counties.

The GSP post in Athens, which covers Jackson, Clarke and other counties, was called to work only five wrecks, but roads were said to be "extremely dangerous," Sunday night.

In Braselton, there were three car accidents but no injuries or fatalities associated with the wrecks, according to Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco.

"I think later on tonight we might have more problems, if the roads ice over," he said early Sunday evening.

The Braselton police department's jurisdiction covers six miles of I-85, which Esco said had issues throughout the day, particularly when tractor trailers got into accidents.

"When these tractor trailers wreck, they have to wait for the wreckers to come get them, which takes a while with weather like this," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if the interstate was backed up to the Mall of Georgia (from the Braselton exit)."

The city of Hoschton had power outages in the afternoon, thanks to some fallen trees, Esco added.

Staff writer Jeff Gill, senior content editor Edie Rogers and Claire Miller of The Times regional staff contributed to this report.


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