When will wind calm down? What's the latest power outage situation? Negative 2 wind chill predicted overnight
As of lunchtime Friday, the National Weather Service placed Milledgeville's temperature at 27 degrees and its wind chill factor at 15.
By 2 a.m., meanwhile, the wind chill could cross over into the negative numbers, hovering between –1 and –2 until roughly 8 a.m., according to NWS.
Right now, however, the main concern for most people around Baldwin County is the wind and subsequent potential power outages. With wind gusts into the 30s on Friday morning, downed tree limbs caused pockets of power outages throughout Baldwin County. The wind is expected to calm down somewhat by sundown. As of lunchtime Friday, the NWS placed the wind at 20 miles per hour with gusts of 31. By 5 p.m., the NWS predicts a wind speed of 15 mph and gusts of 26 and then winds of 11 mph at 2 a.m. and gusts of 24. Whether or not a 20-something percent drop in wind gusts will be enough to prevent more power outages is yet to be determined.
The large majority of power outages around Baldwin County were restored by mid-morning Friday.
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From a Georgia Power standpoint, the area around Haddock and east Jones County got clobbered, with more than 500 Georgia Power customers still without power as of lunchtime Friday.
In Baldwin County, meanwhile, Irby Street off of Allen Memorial Road was the unlucky recipient of a power outage, and roughly two dozen homes on Irby Street were still without power as of lunchtime Friday. Other than that, Georgia Power's outage map showed roughly a half-dozen green points on its map of Baldwin County, with the green meaning "less than 5 customers affected."
Tri-County EMC, meanwhile, on its outage map had 33 customers without power near the intersection near Pancras Road's fork with Salem Church Road, roughly halfway between Ga. 49 and the Gordon Highway. Other than that, Tri-County EMC was all clear as of lunchtime.
Finally, Washington EMC, which services parts of rural east Baldwin County across the river, reported 29 outages, as of lunchtime Friday.