Pencils down – Power outages stop testing

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 29, 2014
A map from Georgia Power showing current outages around the MAK Historic District in Decatur.

A map from Georgia Power showing current outages around the MAK Historic District in Decatur.

City Schools of Decatur has cancelled CRCT testing in all of its schools due to power outages caused by severe weather.

“It will resume again tomorrow if power is restored at all schools,” the CSD Facebook page says.

CSD also reported that College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center won’t be able to open until power is restored. Georgia Power is estimating all power will be restored by 10 am, CSD days.

There are numerous power outages being reported around the city. The Georgia Power outage map shows the entire MAK Historic District is without power, an outage affecting more than 1,300 people in that area.

There also reports of a tree down behind a house on East Lake, near the Boys and Girls Club. Decatur Metro reports there’s a tree down at Avery and Winnona Drive.

Atlanta Public Schools also reported power outages, but the school system hasn’t announced the cancellation of CRCT testing. DeKalb County Schools hasn’t posted any updates about power outages or CRCT testing. will update this post as more information becomes available.

Feel free to post any reports of outages or other weather related information in the comments section.

UPDATE: Winnona Park Elementary sent the the following message at 10:57 am.

The power is back on at Winnona Park.  However, the tree that fell across Avery Street between Winnona Drive and College Ave. is still in the road.  Please consider this when coming to school this afternoon.  Also, the CRCT has been moved to tomorrow.

UPDATE 11:35 am: Georgia Power has sent the following message to elected officials in DeKalb County:

Good morning Community Leaders,

Georgia Power is aware we have numerous power outages in the DeKalb County/ Decatur area due to last night’s storms.

We are working diligently to get service restored, but it appears it will probably be sometime after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon before restoration is complete.

Unfortunately we are expecting a second round of severe storms this evening. We have requested outside resources to help us through this event. You can rest assured that we are on top of this situation and that our crews will work as quickly as possible to restore any interrupted electric service.

I also want to make sure you are aware of our online Outage Map, where you can check the status of the outages in your area.
That web address is . The path is Power Outages tab/ View Outage Map.

As always, we appreciate your patience and leadership as we deal with these emergency situations.


John Kelley
Area Manager, Georgia Power

City Schools of Decatur sent along this message at 10:49 am.

The power has been restored at Oakhurst Elementary, Winnona Park Elementary, and the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue. If you have students at home you are welcome to bring your children to school now. There continues to be no power at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center and at this time, College Heights remains closed.

CRCT testing has been canceled at all City Schools of Decatur today. It will be rescheduled for tomorrow, providing power is back on at all schools.

Thank you for your patience! The safety of our students and staff is the number one priority of City Schools of Decatur.

UPDATE 12:19 pm:

The city of Decatur posted this list of downed trees around the city:

– 198 Avery Street

– 453 S. Columbia

– 435 & 439 E Lake Drive

– 114 Olympic Place

– 928 3rd Avenue

– 116 Landsdowne

– 351 S. Mcdonough

– 928 3rd Avenue

– 923 S. Candler Street

– 919 S. Candler Street

– Oakview and Sring Street

– Mountainview & Sycamore Street

– 803 Ponce de Leon

– 116 Hurron

The city also posted this severe weather outlook from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency:

Scattered showers to severe storms are expected to move east across Georgia this afternoon into tonight. The combination of moderate instability and strong wind shear could produce damaging winds and even the possibility of tornadoes. The strong and gusty winds from thunderstorms will have the potential to bring down trees that were weakened by the recent ice storms. Some severe storms may produce large hail and frequent cloud to ground lightning. Minor to significant river flooding will continue. A Flash Flood Watches is in effect for portions of far northeast and southwest Georgia through Wednesday evening.

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