ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.
Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.
She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.
At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.
Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.