November 25, 2020

Live Storm Updates for Heard County

(EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to update our readers in a more timely and organized fashion this article will be updated throughout the next 48-72 hours with all of breaking weather news and any other local impacts from Hurricane Irma including updates on school and business closings in the area as well as any reported damage or power outages. If you have any important updates you would like posted here please email those requests to

Tuesday 8:46 AM: The Heard County Water Authority will re-open at 9 AM today.

Tuesday 7:52 AM: Only a few isolated customers remain without power this morning in the county.

Monday 9:14 PM: Many Heard county residents remain without power and numerous trees down in several roadways. County workers working to clear hazardous debris from roadways.

Monday 5:12 PM: Franklin Parkway has reopened to traffic.

Monday 4:30 PM: Franklin Parkway closed near the Health Department due to a downed tree and power line. Numerous power outages throughout the county involving both Georgia Power and EMC.

Monday 2:25 PM: Trees reported down in several areas throughout the county.

Monday 2:23 PM: Citizens were alerted via Code Red this afternoon to expect the worst winds and rain from now until 2:00 AM. Residents are asked to stay inside until the storm has passed. Carroll EMC reporting that 258 customers are without power in the Glenn area.

Monday 10:28 AM:  State Farm Insurance will be closing at 12:00 Noon on Monday due to inclement weather and will reopen Tuesday as soon as possible. Emergency numbers for filing claims are 1-800-SFCLAIMS or 1-855-259-8568.

Monday 9:39 AM: The updated forecast shows the heaviest rain and winds occurring this afternoon in the Heard County area with sustained winds topping out around 30 MPH at 5:00 PM.

Monday 8:45 AM: The Heard County Water Authority is reminding customers to conserve water in the event of power loss and to prepare by setting aside extra water for drinking and flushing toilets prior to power loss.

Monday 8:35 AM: Bank of the Ozarks will be closing at 11:30 AM today due to the threat of severe weather conditions from Hurricane Irma. They are planning to resume normal business hours Tuesday, September 12 however that is subject to change according to damage and/or power outages.

Monday 7:35 AM: Regions Bank is closed all day Monday and the Franklin Pharmacy will close at noon.

Sunday 2:55 PM: Governor Deal has expanded the State of Emergency to include all 159 Georgia counties. West Georgia Technical College has cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday.

Sunday 2:52 PM: A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Heard County for more details including tips from local officials click here.

Sunday 1:55 PM: Court cases scheduled for Tuesday in Franklin have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Notification will be made at a later date.

Sunday 1:45 PM: Carroll and Coweta County schools will be closed Monday-Tuesday.

Sunday 1:00 PM: Following a meeting of local EMA officials it was determined that Heard County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday as well as Franklin City Hall and all non-essential Heard County government offices.

Sunday 9:49 AM: A meeting of Heard County Emergency Management officials is scheduled for noon today. We will be covering that meeting and have more information posted here this afternoon.

Sunday 9:26 AM: The first bands of weather from the storm are currently expected to reach the West Georgia area starting Monday morning and will continue to impact the area through Tuesday afternoon. The current forecast calls for heavy rains in the county from Monday morning through Tuesday morning with sustained winds of 35-45 MPH coming in the afternoon hours on Monday.

Sunday 9:00 AM: Heard County is currently only under a flash flood warning, although Carroll County is under a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm warning is issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch is in effects for many other counties throughout the state.

Sunday 8:45 AM: The University of West Georgia has cancelled all classes and all activities for Monday and Tuesday. LaGrange College has cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday, but residence halls and dining halls will be open.

Sunday 8:30 AM: The eye of Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys as the calamitous storm snapped palm trees and threatened to devastate much of the state. The mammoth cyclone is hurling 130 winds — but even more dangerous may be the storm surges. Southwestern coastal cities from Cape Sable and Captiva could see walls of water up to 15 feet, the National Hurricane Center said. “This is a life-threatening situation,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.”

Saturday 9:25 PM: (Via Carroll EMC) — Hurricane Irma poses a very real threat to our service area. It is expected to be a Hurricane Opal-like event. Opal was one of the most damaging events to our area more than 20 years ago. This means if/when the power goes out, it could take multiple days to restore power, or even weeks in certain areas of our territory or state. Carroll EMC is prepared and continues to monitor the storm and damage.



  1. FYI— Georgia State Atlanta campus has canceled school. My husband works there and he just got the e-mail from them. Everyone stay safe.

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