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Storms rip through Valdosta

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Storms ripped through South Georgia the last couple of nights causing scattered damage.

Fallen trees and limbs left a lot of people in Valdosta without electricity.

Crews were still cleaning up the debris Monday after Saturday evening storms.

A huge oak tree hit the ground at the Enmark on the corner of Lee Street and East Park Avenue after the sudden storm late Saturday afternoon.

"It's a pretty hard storm, pretty hard time," said James Barnes, a Valdosta resident. "It's kind of sad to see trees older than my grandfather you know getting split like that."

"I'm glad it's over with," said Fred McGill, an Enmark cashier. "I enjoyed the rain but we don't need the damage."

Enmark officials were out assessing the damage caused by the fallen tree.

By 12:30 the tree was cut up and the debris was being moved.

"We had some heavy winds come through," said Stacey Griffin, the City of Valdosta Arborist. "It didn't seem to be concentrated in one area. It was pretty scattered throughout town."

He said they removed about 10 trees over the weekend from city rights of way and cut them up. Monday crews were picking up what's left, like on Lee Street. A number of trees also fell on homes.

City workers spent the day clearing debris after a tree fell in a drainage ditch.

The Lowndes County EMA says no injuries or deaths were reported from the storm.

"With increased temperatures we see an increase in these late afternoon thunder showers and unfortunately at times they get severe," said Ashley Tye, the Lowndes County EMA.

Emergency management officials remind you to remove limbs from your yard, patio furniture, and anything that could be thrown around in a storm. While we can't prevent these storms from hitting our area, we can all take steps to be prepared.

Lowndes County officials encourage you to sign up for Code Red which sends automatic weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service to your cell phone or home phone.

Dougherty and several other counties have similar systems.


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