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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - They were busy as bees both the police, the fire department and residents.

"We were just sitting there watching the race," said Josh Hutto, Visiting Family.

"It got really chaotic for about ten minutes," said Connie Strandberg, Visiting Cousin.

Most of the damage was in east Dougherty County.

"It was a lot of wind, and trees, and limbs coming down," said Strandberg.

"We heard a whole bunch of popping and we looked out the window and the next thing we know we couldn't see anything we came out here and it's pretty much what you see," said Hutto.

In the Suburban Mobile home park neighbors pitched together to make quick work of down trees and limbs.

"We were all at my mom's about to watch the race, and we were about to grill some pork chops," said Hutto.

That plan changed in an instant.

"It thundered maybe about five minutes then it hit," said Hutto.

Nobody was hurt there or at Victory Tabernacle across the street from the mobile home park.

"You felt stunned, you didn't know exactly what was going on," said Pastor Jose Mendoza, Centro Cristiano Victoria.

The storm blew through here.

"Like a hundred miles per hour," said Mendoza.

The storm caused minor damage to the church.

"The shingles started coming off of the roof," said Mendoza.

It also obliterated the church sign, damaged nearby businesses, and snapped trees in area neighborhoods.

"Everyone was calm, nobody was scared, just overwhelmed," said Mendoza.

The power to the church went out just as he was bout to preach.

Just as quickly as it came it was over, and everyone was working to clean up what the sudden storm left behind.

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