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Storm winds wreck Albany shelter

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Strong storms roared across South Georgia all day, but there was only isolated damage. 

At one Albany business, strong wind gusts ripped a steel storage shelter out of the ground and scattered debris across its yard. A surveillance camera caught some of that damage as it happened

At exactly 11:16AM, a 20 by 78 foot storage shelter behind Modern Gas' cylinder exchange on West Roosevelt was blown to pieces by a wind gust.

"The company that did the installation said it is rated for up to 100 miles per hour winds. So I guess we had an extremely high wind. Probably wind shear. It happened just like that," said Modern Gas Senior Vice President Steven Holloway.

Pieces of metal were scattered for yards. A piece of metal skinned a power pole. Fortunately no one was hurt. Most fortunate was Jim Thompson, who was loading cylinders under that shelter with his forklift. He was driving away exactly 14 seconds before the shelter was blown away.

"No, the wind was not blowing at all. It came up all of the sudden," Thompson said. "Next thing I know I heard a big boom or something. I came back out and the whole platform, display was gone."

Modern Gas officials say they feel very blessed that no one was hurt in this violent wind gust.

Electric wires and water pipes leading to the shelter were also ripped up. Modern Gas officials say they had just held a safety meeting for all their employees at that facility just hours earlier. So it was quite a surprise.

Clean up began just minutes after the storm blew past. Construction to rebuild the shelter is expected to be complete in a couple of weeks.

 

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