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Tropical Storm Michael hits South hard, spares Hall County any major damage
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Shredded trees, derailed train cars and a sunken trailer are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. - photo by Associated Press

The Hall County area dodged any major damage as Tropical Storm Michael moved out of Georgia early Thursday, Oct. 11.

“We had some trees down across the county but nothing major,” Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett said.

A total of about 100 Jackson EMC and Georgia Power customers were without power early Thursday, according to the utilities.

“The impact on Jackson EMC’s 10-county service area was minimal,” the Jefferson-based utility said in a news release. “At the peak of the storm, there were 15 outages affecting 1,006 members.”

Jackson EMC said more outages could occur in Northeast Georgia later on Thursday, as high winds are in the forecast.

“Linemen and other support personnel stand ready to respond to our members when needed,” the utility said.

Otherwise, the utility is sending nearly 100 contractors to help restore power in South Georgia and Florida, which took the brunt of the storm.

As it moved into South Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane, the storm killed an 11-year-old girl and knocked out power to more than 300,000 people.

It weakened as it pushed across the state, downing trees and power lines.

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency said disaster response officials needed more information to assess the extent of the damage.

Gov. Nathan Deal and state agency officials were set to hold a news conference Thursday morning to talk about the storm and the state’s response.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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