(Franklin) — Heard County and surrounding areas continue to experience problems associated with Tuesday’s winter storm system which has already caused problems with roadways and travel over the past three days.
Weather — Sunny skies are expected Thursday afternoon with temperatures in the upper 40’s before falling back down into the low 20’s tonight. Friday’s high is expected to be in the upper 50’s again under sunny skies.
Travel — Roads remain dangerous at this time although improvements have been noted over the past 24 hours by the few people that have ventured out. Most local authorities are still advising people to stay home this morning with hopes that rising temperatures this afternoon may help to quickly improve travel in the area.
Commerce — Some stores and restaurants were open for business for at least partial days on Wednesday to serve those that did make it out including Dollar General, Piggly Wiggly, Hardee’s, and Loco Rio. Several convenience stores were also up and running including Flash Foods which never closes according to an employee working day shift Wednesday afternoon.
City of Franklin — Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah reported Wednesday afternoon that the town has experienced few problems thus far as far as traffic or other issues stating that things were mostly “peaceful and quiet” around town.
Schools — Heard County schools remain closed Thursday with no official word coming down yet on the possibility of school on Friday. Stay tuned to the Heard Citizen facebook page for further news on school closures this afternoon.
Children Safe — Governor Nathan Deal said in a press release late Wednesday evening that all school children in Georgia were safely at home.
Power Outages/ Frozen Pipes — Many people were beginning to report power outages and frozen pipes via facebook Thursday morning after temperatures were reported to be in the single digits in many nearby areas.
Basketball Tournament Rescheduled — The Middle School championship basketball tournament in Bowdon has been rescheduled for next week. To see game times visit The Heard County Brave Nation facebook page.
Fatal Wreck — One weather related fatality has been reported by the Georgia State Patrol in the our area. It occurred Tuesday afternoon around 1:05 p.m. on Georgia Highway 85 at Seavy Street in Senoia (Coweta County). A 1997 Ford Explorer being driven by Yvonne C. Nash, age 60, from Griffin was traveling southbound on Georgia Highway 85 on a straight hill in the snow and slushy conditions. According to the investigating state trooper, the rear tires on the vehicle were below the required minimum tread depth and caused the driver to lose control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and into a ditch. The vehicle then overturned and came to rest in the ditch upside down. The investigating trooper had to use an axe to break the windows on the vehicle to reach the driver. The trooper and several people at the scene then pulled the driver from the vehicle. Ms. Nash was transported to Piedmont Fayette and later died.
Updates — Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com and The Heard Citizen page on facebook for breaking news and updates.