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South Dougherty residents won't forget twister

September 16, 2004

Dougherty County-- A tornado tore through part of Southeastern Dougherty County Thursday morning, just after 7:15.

The twister touched down on Moultrie Road near Springs Flats Road. Two houses were damaged by falling trees, but thankfully, no one was hurt.

In a matter of minutes, huge trees were uprooted or snapped. Jim Adkison says, "It was so fast. I only saw wind."

Wind with enough force to toss huge pine trees and rip tin from shelters. "I looked out and saw trees down and the shelter gone, shingles off the houses. Just a terrible mess."

A mess that would have been much worse were there more houses in this area. Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says, "Lot of trees down. Trees on at least two houses confirmed. No injuries. Everybody was able to get out."

They got out okay, many of them after a long night in front of the TV. Sheila Justice says, "When it came on and flashed Dougherty County, I got my daughter up. My husband had just come in from work. The noise was just so awful. We can downstairs and got into the pantry."

And, just as quickly, it was over. Peggy Eledge says, "We've had windows blowed out, shingles off. Two-dozen big trees are down here in the yard."

Yards are littered with limbs and debris. But the important thing? "Thank the Lord none of us were hurt. My tenants are okay, my daughter and son-in-law are okay. Everybody's okay," said an emotional Jim Adkison.

The DOT was on the scene by 8:00AM to cut and remove those trees from Moultrie Road.

posted at 5:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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