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High winds produce damage in Worth County

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It wasn't a tornado, but straight line winds that caused damage to three homes in Southwest Worth County Thursday night.

It took just seconds for the damage to be done. While there's lots to clean up, no one was hurt, and no one was forced out of their homes.

Corey Woodard was outside his home along Bridgeboro/Anderson City Road, when the storm hit.

"Everything started flying here and there and yonder," he said.

He watched as tree branches began swirling around in the air. "It was just a big huge humongous cloud. It went around and around and around trying to get power and it just left. It was gone. It was there and it was there and it was gone."

As the winds were blowing towards them, Corey and his friends sought shelter. They came under this barn and then decided to go inside, just as pieces of tin were flying towards them.

"That's what scared me when I saw so many things coming at one time. I was like, get out of dodge," said Woodard.

While the winds were strong, Skywarn spotter Rick Lipscomb says it wasn't a tornado. "The narrow damage path, the debris field would dictate straight line winds."

Winds that packed a punch. "They say they're here and gone, literally like a bomb hitting. The wind hits and you go from 0 to 60 in a split second. It will do damage, quickly."

And while there's lots to clean up today, no one was hurt. And Corey says, it was actually pretty cool.

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