Storm ravages Cordele homes and businesses - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Storm ravages Cordele homes and businesses

July 11, 2007

Cordele - - A late afternoon thunderstorm left behind a mess in Cordele.

Scott Davane sums up the damage of his dream.

"Trying to make a family business."

Just six weeks ago he moved into a new building to open up a tire company.

"Been working on it 12 to 14 hours a day trying to get everything done, get it remodeled." ]

Part of that re-modeling included replacing the roof. After Wednesday evening's storms, he'll have to do it all over again.

"Peeled my building back like a banana."

Mother Nature ripped the roof off herself.

Customers were inside at the time. He remembers seeing dark clouds.

"I figured 'you know its ok, I've seen dark clouds before', and all of a sudden I looked out the front door and you could see....It was like leaves, trash, everything coming around the corner of my building beating the front of my building."

He's not the only one that got a hit. Trees blew right into properties. The infamous watermelon that greets Cordele visitors is now resting to the ground. At a nearby cemetery, a tree fell over grave sites.

"I reckon we pick up the pieces and start from where we left scratch."

Davane is devastated.

"My wife and my savings is invested in this everything we had, everything we got is invested in this."

A dream shattered today, but not forever.  

Crisp County power says 40 to 50 homes and businesses were without power. By 10 o'clock Wednesday night, they were able to get most of them back on line.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=weather/bs

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • UPDATE: Victims of Lee Co. fire identified

    UPDATE: Victims of Lee Co. fire identified

    Friday, September 22 2017 2:32 PM EDT2017-09-22 18:32:15 GMT

    Lee County Fire Chief David Forrester said there were two people in the home, and they saw one person in the front yard.  Two people in the home were transported to Phoebe Putney.

    More >>

    Lee County Fire Chief David Forrester said there were two people in the home, and they saw one person in the front yard.  Two people in the home were transported to Phoebe Putney.

    More >>
  • Rodent renders Bainbridge powerless

    Rodent renders Bainbridge powerless

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-09-22 16:16:54 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A city-wide power outage left Bainbridge without power when a squirrel got into the substation and tripped breakers. 

    More >>

    A city-wide power outage left Bainbridge without power when a squirrel got into the substation and tripped breakers. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly