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A section of sidewalk on E Ponce de Leon Ave will be closed next week due to Georgia Power utility work. The area impacted is between 225 E Ponce and N Candler St. (see map below). The work is scheduled to start Wed., Dec. 17 and to last for three days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only.

E Ponce GA Power work 12.12.14

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Georgia Power is expected to start utility work next week, most likely on Monday, June 9. This will impact the intersection of W Ponce de Leon Ave and Fairview Ave. During the day, work will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. When the project gets to the point where it crosses W Ponce (blue line on the diagram below), there will be some overnight work  (7 p.m. – 6 a.m.) that will require street closures.

Georgia Power is required to notify nearby businesses of the pending work before it starts.



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Georgia Power customers can take advantage of the company’s Home Energy Improvement Program. Participating Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractors assess how a home’s energy-related components and systems can work together more effectively to create a comfortable and energy efficient home.

Following a thorough home energy assessment, a complete prioritized list of recommended home energy improvements is provided. Once the recommended improvements are successfully completed by a program participating contractor, a follow-up assessment is performed to determine the resulting energy performance. Depending on what energy improvements are recommended and made, homeowners could enjoy up to a 30% electricity reduction and qualify for up to $2,200 in rebates from Georgia Power’s Home Energy Improvement Program. To learn more about the program or to locate a participating BPI contractor, call 1-877-310-5607 or visit georgiapower.com/homeimprovements.

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There are trees down around the City of Decatur this morning, and some residents, businesses and schools are without power.

The current list of known downed trees and limbs in the City of Decatur, in no particular order:

  • 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

For the latest weather updates from the City Schools of Decatur, please visit the CSD website.

Please read through the severe weather tips posted yesterday if you have not done so already. It includes important phone numbers and information about registering for Code Red and Smart911.

GEMA’s One Minute Weather Outlook for Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

Hazardous Weather Outlook

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.

Flood Warnings continue for the following rivers and creeks in Georgia:

Alapaha River at Statenville affecting Echols County
Altamaha River at Baxley affecting Appling, Tattnall, Toombs, and Wayne Counties
Altamaha River at Everett City affecting Glynn, McIntosh, and Wayne Counties
Ogeechee River near Eden
Satilla River at Atkinson affecting Brantley County
Savannah River near Clyo


Expect occasional showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe. Highs will range from 70 to 90.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Expect occasional showers and thunderstorms after midnight with lows ranging from 58 to 71.
Wednesday will have occasional showers and thunderstorms with highs ranging from 68 to 88.
Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the south. Temperatures will range from lows between 50 and 68 to highs between 68 and 82.

Extended Weather Outlook:

Weather Links:

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov
NWS Mobile: http://mobile.wrh.noaa.gov
Get Free Weather Alerts: http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov
Mobile GEMA One Minute Weather Outlook: http://gema.ga.gov/weather
GEMA’s One Minute Weather Outlook – Real Simple Syndication (RSS) Feed: http://www.gema.ga.gov/rss_generator.nsf/rss?openagent&uid=BA93D066C88B8164852574F0006626EA

Disclaimer: The information in this document is based on the latest forecast provided by the National Weather Service at the time this document was sent to the recipients. The National Weather Service will update their information and graphics as situations dictate. Please check with your local National Weather Service for the most current information for your area.

State Warning Point
Georgia Emergency Management Agency
Phone: 1-800-TRY-GEMANOAA 4.29.14

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Severe weather is expected to arrive in Decatur between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight and will last through Thursday. Tornadoes, flooding, severe thunderstorms and lightning are all possible during this time.

Here are things to do NOW to prepare for the inclement weather:

  • Make sure you have enough emergency food and water supplies to last for three days per person. If you have pets, make sure you have the necessary supplies to feed and care for them.
  • Register your phones for the Code Red Weather Warnings. This system will alert you to the dangers of severe weather and any other emergencies that require quick notification.
  • Create or update your Smart911 profile. Be sure to include any special medical concerns, especially if anyone in your household requires medical equipment that uses electricity.
  • Review your family’s emergency plan, and remind everyone where the safest place to shelter in your house is.
  • Charge all cell phones and put fresh batteries in emergency radios.
  • Download the FEMA smartphone app for additional tips and emergency information.


  • Always remain calm.
  • Power outages or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Georgia Power at 1-888-891-0938.
  • The police non-emergency number is 404-373-6551.
  • Have a plan to check on any vulnerable neighbors (for example, seniors or those with medical conditions) during and after the storm.
  • When contacting loved ones, a text message is more likely to get through in an emergency situation than a phone call.

Tornado sirens: What you need to know

Decatur has installed four outdoor sirens to warn the community when such a threat occurs. The sirens are located at Glennwood Academy, Winnona Park Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary and the City Schools Administration Building on Scott Boulevard.

What are Tornado Outdoor Warning Sirens?

They are alarms that will be sounded to alert citizens who are outdoors that a tornado may be imminent. They are not designed to be heard inside a home or other building.

Who decides to sound the sirens and when will I hear them?

Sirens will be sounded by personnel in Decatur’s Police Communications Center when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the Decatur area or when a tornado is spotted by a member of public safety. The sirens will sound for three to five minutes.

What should I do when I hear the siren?

Take immediate cover. Go indoors to a safe room at ground level or below with as few windows as possible. Basements are usually the best option. If you are in a vehicle and see a tornado approaching, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building. If a building is not available, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries. Stay in a safe place until the weather improves.

How will my family be alerted indoors and at night?

Everyone must take personal responsibility to monitor radio and television weather reports when severe weather occurs. In a crisis, the Emergency Alert System instantly interrupts radio and TV broadcasts to provide emergency information. The National Weather Service (NWS) uses the system to alert the public to emergency weather information and dangerous conditions. EAS warnings are also transmitted on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio. Since neither the sirens nor the media may alert you indoors at night, we recommend that households and businesses have a Weather Alert Radio, which sounds an alarm when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning. If you buy a radio, we strongly recommend you purchase one that is programmable with your local county code.

More information about tornado safety can be found at http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Rainfall Amt Forecast

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Conditions as of this posting remain above freezing in the City of Decatur, but the temperature is expected to drop late tonight. There is a serious threat of accumulation of ice on trees and power lines tonight and tomorrow, and this combined with expected heavy winds could result in power outages.

As a precaution, please go ahead and fully charge cell phones and medical devices now. If the power does go out, contact Georgia Power at 1-888-891-0938 to report the outage. Georgia Power has crews pre-staged in the area to respond to any losses of power. Please only call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency, not simply to report a power outage. You may also call the Decatur Police non-emergency number if you require public safety assistance: 404-373-6551.

If there is a loss of power, the city may use the CodeRED Emergency Notification System to communicate with the community. Please take this opportunity before a power outage occurs to register your phone number here.

About CodeRED:

CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a telephone communication service that allows us to quickly notify citizens of emergency situations requiring immediate action.

All residential phone numbers in the BellSouth/AT&T system should be in the telephone database. All city of Decatur businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.

The system can dial up to 50,000 phone numbers per hour and deliver a recorded message to individuals or their answering machines.

Decatur Municipal Court is cancelled for tonight and tomorrow (Wed., Feb. 12) night. Please call 678-553-6655 to reschedule your hearing for a future date.

Most city offices will be closed tomorrow (Wed., Feb. 12), and City Hall will operate with a limited staff. As of this posting, City Hall is expected to open at noon on Thursday, Feb. 13. Continue to check TheDecaturMinute.com for the latest weather updates and city closings.




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So far it is just raining in Decatur, but the temperature is expected to drop this evening, which will mean freezing.

Tonight’s Municipal Court hearings have been cancelled. Please call 678-553-6655 to reschedule your hearing for a future date.

A tree is down this morning at Lamont & Vidal, and Georgia Power is on the scene. Power is expected to be restored to the area by 10:30 a.m.

Sgt. Ross with the Decatur Police Department issued the following alert last night:

Decatur Police are investigating reports of seven vehicles entered overnight on the Garland Avenue, McClean Street and Brower Street.  On 2-10-14 at approximately 7:00 am, a resident on a morning walk located a wallet in the roadway and observed several car doors ajar and called police.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood and located seven vehicles that appeared to have been entered.  All but one of the vehicles were parked in driveways.  All of the vehicles were unsecured.  A GPS unit and the recovered wallet were the only things stolen.

It is not uncommon for there to be a rash of entered vehicles during inclement weather, which we are currently preparing for in Decatur.  Please remove all valuables from your vehicles.  Please look out and check on vehicles in the area if you hear something in the middle of the night.  Call police immediately if you see anyone going from vehicle to vehicle.

If you or a neighbor need assistance during this winter weather, please call the police non-emergency number at 404-373-6551.

Please check back here later today for updates on the weather and possible closings tomorrow.

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