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February 13, 2007

Sylvester -- People in Sylvester are cleaning up a mess left by heavy rain and wind.   Some say the damage to homes and businesses must have been caused by a tornado.

Sylvester water gas and light crews did report some power outages.

High winds also damaged several homes in and around Sylvester. We saw damage on Massey Airport Road southwest of Sylvester and in a subdivision on Creekside Drive just north of downtown Sylvester.

Torrential rain fell in Albany beginning a little before two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, and it caused problems for motorists.  

A tree fell across Lockett Station Road, blocking traffic a short while in Dougherty County. We got reports of a few other trees down, but no serious damage.

Albany areas that commonly flood during heavy rains did so. That included South Davis Street near Oglethorpe Boulevard. Public works crews set up a warning barrel. Some motorists drove through the high water, others turned around.

The traffic light at the busy intersection of Westover and Westgate went out during the height of the storm. Luckily, there were no crashes there because of the outage.

In other areas, the roof is torn off a house near the Thomas County community of Ochlocknee. The damage was reported shortly before 4:00PM. There are no reports of injuries, but witnesses told officials they thought the damage was caused by a tornado.

In Grady County a home was heavily damaged by storm winds. Grady EMA Director Jim Ellis says the home at 1771 Ridge road lost part of the roof. Ellis says no one was injured, but the family will not be able to stay the home tonight. The Red Cross is assisting.

The roof was torn off a house near the Thomas County community of Meigs. The damage was reported shortly before 4:00PM. Witnesses told officials they thought the damage was caused by a tornado. The homeowner said luckily, no one was injured.

"That's the first prerogative," said Dale Robinson, "is to make sure everybody got out safe. Other than than, material wise. I mean, you can't replace your family, you can replace this."

The barn at that home was torn down as well.

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