For once in his life, Brandon Lively was glad to see a Georgia State Patrol officer pull up behind him. Mr. Lively was stopped on Mesena Road during the storm with downed power lines on top of his Ford Ranger. He was too afraid to get out, not knowing if the lines were alive or not. Mr. Lively hesitated when the officer told him he needed to get out of the truck and seek shelter. But then he heard a roaring sound. Mr. Lively said he and the officer jumped into a ditch on the side of the road.
"The next thing I know there was... tin flying all over us and trees were flying. It was outrageous," he said. "God was definitely on our side on this one."
Mr. Lively said his truck was unharmed, and he used it the rest of the night, supplying power with the generator on the back to help crews clear trees from roadways, and shopping for supplies to deliver to the shelter.
"I ain't never dealt with something like that before, even in the army," Mr. Lively, an Army Reservist, said. "I didn't hear it go across the radio or have any type of warning, so I didn't have time to get prepared."