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Wind damages homes in Seminole County

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Seminole County -  Homes and farm property was damaged, but fortunately, no one was injured.

A huge tree was uprooted by the strong winds coming across Lake Seminole, and fell on Jean Castlelow's home, right across her favorite chair. Fortunately she had just left, gone next door to check on a friend as the severe weather hit.

"She got back and the tree had fallen exactly where she was sitting in the living area. So I felt like she has certainly been blessed by the Lord," her friend Jan Hatcher said.

Two homes were damaged in Riverside Acres by falling trees. Three in Seminole County sustained damage from the winds. But the worst damage was at Raymond and Valerie Schultz's farm on Three Notch Road.

"In my opinion it had to be a tornado to tear it all down," Raymond Schultz said

Fortunately they don't have pigs anymore, so there were no animals hurt when the winds flattened their pens and buildings. The tin from its roofs were scattered for nearly a mile.

"When we first got the report the winds were estimated up to 60 miles per hour, and it could have been higher," Seminole County EMA Director Travis Brooks said.

Unbelievably, this is the fourth time in 22 years that the Schultz's farm has been damaged by severe weather.

"I'm thinking. Laughter. We do like it here, but it's scary. Four times," Valerie Schultz said.

The damage brought tears to Valerie's eyes, but they were glad their home did not sustain any damage by the high winds. Now just a lot of cleanup ahead.

Power to Donalsonville and scattered parts of Seminole County was knocked out by the storm, but most of it was back on within three hours.

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