Gray couple loses power, still “have each other”

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GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Thousands of people are without power as Irma bring strong winds and heavy rain to middle Georgia.

The tropical storm leaves behind downed trees and power lines. Downgraded to a tropical storm, Hurricane Irma has left residents across middle Georgia without power.

“First thing I said was wow, there goes the power,” says Troy Dillard who lives in Gray.

Troy and his wife Carmalita say they were watching TV when the electricity shut off.

Carmalita Dillard says, “We had kind of anticipated that it would probably go out and because we live on a well, last night we started filling up water to be able flush the toilet and things like that. And he put candles and everything in room.”

Like the Dillards, Georgia Power is recommending all customers to prepare.

Theresa Robinson, External Affairs Manager at Georgia Power says, “Always have a storm kit that’s got perishable foods, water, flashlights, first aid and your medications.”

The couple says they’re using this “me time” since they don’t have kids in the house to look after.

“Our youngest that was staying here, he went off to school about three weeks ago. He goes to school in Alma, Michigan so it just left the both of us, so it’s pretty easy to fit in for the both of us,” Mr. Dillard adds.

The couple plans on firing up the grill and relaxing until the storm passes. It’s unfortunate to be in the dark, but for this couple to have each other during this time is what lightens their hearts.

Georgia Power says in case of power outages, customers should unplug TVs, major appliances such as washers and dryers, and turn air conditioning units off so when power comes back on its protected from surges.

 

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!