CAIRO, Ga. — Thomasville Utilities (TU) linemen are among six electric crews helping Cairo restore power and other services after a tornado struck the city Sunday night.

Eight TU linemen responded, said Chris White, TU assistant superintendent.

Also responding from Thomasville are CNS personnel working on restoring Internet, cable TV and CNS telephone services.

White said 40 to 50 Cairo utility poles are down or broken. He thinks pole and infrastructure damage can be repaired in three to four days.

Other cities responding to Cairo's electric needs are Albany, Adel, Moultrie and Blakely, along with Grady EMC.

In addition to downed or damaged poles, associated electric wires are laying in streets, White said.

Electrical power cannot be restored to damaged buildings until structural repairs are made. White said the same electric restoration situation to damaged buildings resulted when Hurricane Micheal hit the area in October.

In Thomas County Sunday night, a thunderstorm was responsible for knocking out power on U.S. 319 South. 

"We had less than 30 people without power," White said.

Power was restored within two hours. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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