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Power still out for thousands in Forsyth as tree cleanup continues

FORSYTH COUNTY — Crews are continuing today to clear roads and restore power to residents across Forsyth County as only minor incidents compounded the to-do list Tuesday night, authorities said.

According to Sawnee EMC officials, 10,847 customers remained without power as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Some additional trees fell overnight, said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, although “crews got to them quickly.”

Deputies’ priorities were to assist power companies and the teams from the county’s roads and bridges department while monitoring the current weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 7 tonight and a wind chill advisory through noon Thursday. Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens overnight with gusts reaching 30 mph.

A forecasted low of 12 degrees was projected for Cumming tonight with the wind chill making it feel as cold as -1.

A high near 23 degrees was called for Thursday with wind chill reaching -4 degrees and wind around 15 mph.

Regan said the county’s emergency operations center and sheriff’s office reduced its staffing level compared to Monday night, but everyone is on standby.

“The road dangers have lessened, but still be cautious of trees that may fall,” he said.

At least two patrol cars have been struck since Monday night, with one escaping a falling limb just before sustaining “significant damage” by a second on Bettis Tribble Gap Road.