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Storms leave a mark in South Georgia

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February 18, 2008

Sumter County --  The same line of severe weather that caused damage and injuries in Alabama brought strong winds, heavy rainfall, and dangerous lightning into Georgia where several mobile homes were reported destroyed and at least 12,000 people were left without power.

One of the hardest hit places in our area was in Sumter County where several downed trees were reported.

Traffic was blocked off as road crews worked to clear the fallen trees Sunday night along Old Andersonville Road. Fortunately, there were no reports of any injuries.  

"On Old Andersonville Road, we had about eight to ten trees down across the roadway. Several other roads in Sumter County are blocked, either power lines or trees down across the road. We got road crews coming in as we speak,"  said  Cpl. Michael Hernandez of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Northwest of Sumter In Marion County trees were downed along a quarter mile stretch of Highway 26 near the Schley County line. Two homes were destroyed in northern Marion County, but no injuries were reported. There were also reports of two mobile homes receiving damage near the city of Preston in Webster County.  

Northern Grady County saw some storm damage. Their tornado warning was canceled at two fifteen, and emergency crews currently working in the areas of pine forest road, Wilcox Road, Courtney Lane, and Highway 93 north. There are reports of both power lines and trees down, but no reports of injuries at this time. A mobile home is overturned at 191 Pine Forest Road.