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Storms uproot trees, damage roofs

Heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds roared across much of McDuffie and Warren counties and other parts of East Central Georgia on Sunday night.

For several hours, several counties, including McDuffie and Warren, were under a tornado watch, which was issued by the National Weather Service. Aside from strong winds and heavy rains being reported, there were even reports of small hail.

Although there were no reports of injuries, some residents of the Hobbs Mill and Ellington Airline roads of McDuffie County, reported various damages.

McDuffie County Emergency Management Director Bruce Tanner said as of Monday morning the only report of damages his office had received concerned a downed tree on a power line on Lucky's Bridge Road.

"I thought it was a tornado," said Janet Wells, who, along with her husband, Michael, lives on Hobbs Mill Road.

"I heard a loud roaring noise and then a loud sound like tin being blown off our car shed."

Shortly after the severe thunderstorm passed over their double-wide home, Mr. Wells went outside to access damages.

Strong winds, accompanied by heavy rain, "just lifted it (tin roof) off our car shed and threw it over the top of our house," Mrs. Wells said.

As the tin was being tossed through the air, some of it apparently struck the roof of the home, causing six punctures.

The storm passed over that area of McDuffie County shortly after 10:30 p.m. and caused residents in that area to be without electricity for about 4 1/2 hours.

Mrs. Wells said she was thankful that her family was spared from any injuries.

Elsewhere in that area, trees were either toppled or uprooted from the high winds and saturated soil from the more than two inches of rain that fell.

Heavy rain from storms that passed through the county last week already had left standing water in many areas before Sunday night's storms.

In the last few days, some areas have received as much as five-plus inches of rain.

Prior to the storm making its way to the eastern and southern portions of McDuffie County, it hit downtown Thomson, causing some flooding on several city streets.

Limbs from trees also were scattered about yards and some streets.

Forward McDuffie director Mike Carrington reported that the side door of his office at the Thomson Depot was blown open and damaged.

"It was a pretty rough storm," Mr. Carrington said.

"It could have been much worse. I'm just thankful it wasn't any worse than it was."

Anyone having experienced damages to their property in McDuffie County are asked to call Chief Tanner at (706) 595-2045.



Web posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010













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