10/11/2018 -- Albany, Georgia -- Students at Albany State University take photographs with a decorative letter that fell off the student center building on the main campus in Albany, Thursday, October 11, 2018. Parts of the campus were destroyed due to Hurricane Michael. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Photo: Alyssa Pointer
Photo: Alyssa Pointer

Power restored at Georgia Southwestern State; clean up continues at South Ga colleges

Electrical power was restored Friday afternoon at Georgia Southwestern State University as other colleges and universities in South Georgia continued their clean up in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

Albany State University reported the awning on the student center is down, and they had some trees on vehicles, said Lance Wallace, the University System of Georgia’s interim communications director.

Some USG campuses reported power outages and downed tree limbs. No injuries were reported, Wallace said.

At Mercer University’s Macon campus, the most significant loss was a large, old oak tree near the Historic Quad, which damaged a student’s parked vehicle, said university spokesman Kyle Sears. Physical Plant crews are cleaning up debris on campus today, Sears said.

More than 20 campuses in South and Middle Georgia closed their campuses before the storm hit Georgia Wednesday afternoon. Some plan to reopen Friday.

Several hundred thousand Georgians were without power Thursday from the hurricane, which claimed the life of an 11-year-old girl in southwest Georgia.

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