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South Georgia pounded by bad weather

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  High winds, heavy rain and lightning, and even  a possible tornado was seen in Southeastern Sumter County.

Hail was reported in several counties including Sumter and Lee. Water swept across roads as torrential rain caused flash flooding. And lots of trees and power lines down.

A rural area about seven miles south of Americus on Highway 19 was one of the hardest hit.

Brownlee's Grocery Store about seven miles south of Americus was damaged, possibly by a tornado. One of the cinder block walls collapsed at the store, and the rood was severely damaged.

The kitchen and a new addition to the store suffered the most damage. Boxes of merchandise, cinder blocks, a door and other items form the store were strewn by the high winds.

The store owners and several helpers were on the scene Thursday night cleaning up the area, and attempting to restore power so that the meat could be saved.

Several trees in the nearby area were uprooted.

"We watched a squall line come down," said James Manning, the store owner's son-in-law. "We were hoping it wasn't here, but it was, so it touched down, and we're just going to have to get it cleaned up, and get as close as possible to normal."

Thankfully, no one was in the store when the storm hit around 7:30 Thursday night.

Some homes in the area had trees fall across roofs, but there were no injuries. Several utility lines were also downed.

There was also damage in Worth County as well, particularly in the eastern part of the county near the Tift County Line, and in the Evergreen Road area. A porch collapsed on a house on Sledge Road. Two people were briefly trapped but got out without being injured.

Trees were downed in that area there's damage to the roofs on several homes.

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