Storm damage minimal; homecoming parade back on


The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency reported minimal damage from Wednesday night’s storm, which means the Wayne County homecoming parade will take place Friday.

At 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, the EMA reported that Hurricane Michael—which was then entering south-central Georgia—had been downgraded to a Category 1 storm and was dissipating. Nevertheless, tornadoes were still possible from late night into the morning.

“We have not been informed of any tornadoes that touched down in Wayne County,” said EMA specialist Sharon Courson.

She added that there had been eyewitness reports as close as Nahunta of possible tornado activity.

As of 7:30 a.m., Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation reported that 1,300 Wayne County homes were without power, and Georgia Power reported 400 homes.

At noon Wednesday, the total number of outages had dropped to 1,100, with most—if not all—power expected to be restored by the evening.

No major structural damage was reported to the EMA, though several trees had fallen throughout the night.

“I think we fared very well compared to others,” added Courson.


Parade schedule

The homecoming parade will take place Friday at 4 p.m., with a lineup on West Broad Street, parallel to the railroad tracks.

Parade attendees are encouraged to wear black and gold.

The Wayne County High School football game will be at 7:30 p.m., and the WCHS dance will be at 10 p.m.

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