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Storms wreak havoc in Albany

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 5, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Long, powerful storms came through South Georgia spurring up high winds, heavy rain and lightning strikes. Firefighters had to respond to the home on Whipporwill Road where they found flames coming from the roof.

They quickly got things under control, and had to use fans to rid the home of smoke.The family was inside at the time of the lightning strike, but everyone is okay.The weather also brought some trees down in Albany.

In the 2500 block of Whispering Pines, the storm brought this Pecan tree crashing to the ground. It ripped the power and phone line from the home, but luckily there was no major damage to speak of.

The homeowner said it was a very scary experience. "I heard this big thunder, lightning and thunder roar, like it roared the whole house. And then I heard something pop. When I jumped up and looked out, I saw this big tree that fell," said Elouise Johnson.

"It was a very scary experience, but I'm thankful to God for saving me because I was headed right past this window. And it went right before my eyes. Just shoop!" said Tan Hughes.

Tan Hughes said a bolt of lighting struck near her home on Johnny Williams Road. The storm produced heavy thunder, breaking the window in the living room.

And at the Target store in Albany, strong winds blew all the doors at the front of the store open Saturday afternoon. The ceiling was damaged, and the floor soaked as the rain and wind blew in.

For protection shoppers were moved to the center of the store. Outside the pouring the wind smashed shopping carts against vehicles in the parking lot.

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