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Bad weather Friday night

July 20, 2007

Albany - - Fierce weather ripped through South Georgia Friday and it left damage behind.

The wind knocked a tree to the ground and scattered limbs in a field on Oakland and James Pond Roads.

The weather also caused trouble at Chokee Plantation. Workers were burning wood piles when high winds blew embers throughout this field. The fire scorched several acres.

Ironically, it was also the weather that helped firefighters get the fire out.  

"The rain pretty much had the fire extinguished. We went around and hit hot spots but the rain helped us," says Capt. Todd Kirkland of Lee County Fire Dept.

The Forestry Commission came out to the field with heavy machinery, but the owners said they would clean up the mess themselves.  

People in Terrell County also experienced some of the severe weather. A tree fell on top of a home on Bell Flower Road in Herod.

The family was too shaken up to talk about it, but they say they left home before the bad weather hit. They got a shock when they came home.

The family says there wasn't too much damage on the inside, but they will have some big clean-up to do on the outside.

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