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Storm causes damage

When Milledge Samuels and his brother Johnny went to a church revival in Wilkes County, they had no idea what they would be returning home to Aug. 8.

"It was a mess," Milledge Samuels said. "Broken trees and other debris was scattered all over my yard."

Three different thunderstorms -- the most severe of those passing in the areas of Lake Drive, Scuffle and Stagecoach roads about 8 p.m. in McDuffie County -- caused electrical outages and downed trees.

There were no reports of injuries.

Brief electrical outages were widespread and included both residential and businesses in Thomson, Warrenton and Norwood, according to Georgia Power Co. spokesman Bobby Hildreth.

Milledge Samuels' wife, Elaine, who works at Warren County High School, but who lives in the 1900 block of Lake Drive in McDuffie County, was in her home when the storm passed over.

"She laid down in the hallway," said Mr. Samuels, who was at Cherry Grove Baptist Church when the biggest of the storms hit.

"I thought about her and my boys (his two German Shepherds) before anything else. I was so thankful to the Lord that he protected my wife and my boys, Max and Rascal."

A large oak tree fell across his well house in the front yard.

"I was lucky that nothing was damaged in the way of plumbing," said Mr. Samuels, who serves as recreation director for the city of Warrenton.

The storm also knocked down pine trees in his front yard and an oak tree in his back yard.

Elsewhere on Lake Drive, which runs off Scuffle Road, a large pine tree was uprooted in a front yard by strong gusty winds that were accompanied by heavy rainfall for more than 30 minutes.

Some of the rainfall was so heavy along Interstate 20, Washington Road and down Georgia Highway 17 in the Happy Valley community that many motorists were forced to the shoulders of roads because it was too dangerous to drive.

There were a few weather-related accidents in the area, but no serious injures reported.

Web posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009

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