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Quick storms uproot trees

By Len Kiese - bio | email

July 21, 2008

DOUGHERTY/LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Some South Georgians are cleaning up after some fast moving thunderstorms moved through the area. From Worth to Dougherty County, the winds and rain snapped and uprooted trees.  

The sun peaking through the trees late Monday evening is a far cry from the events earlier in the day. "A rain had came up," said Lee County homeowner Dean Ford.

Ford saw and heard it all. "While it was raining, the rain just went sideways and the wind was just blowing horrifically," said Ford.

Ford says all of that lasted for only about a minute. "And then it was gone," said Ford. It left much behind at his home on Forrester Parkway. Oak trees were snapped in half or uprooted from their foundations. One even landed on Ford's boat dock.

"I was just shocked," said Ford.

It was the same picture in one area of Dougherty County. Huge limbs littered a yard on Old Pretoria Road. "We were very surprised, very surprised," said Roosevelt Gaines with 2nd Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Things look fine in the front of 2nd Mount Zion Baptist Church but church members had a surprise in the back. "When we got here, this is what we found," said Gaines. Two trees were overturned there.

"We're going to be able to handle it," said Gaines.

It'll just take some effort to get it all cleaned up. "Oh yeah, it'll take a bulldozer and chainsaws and all that kind of stuff," said Ford.

But it will take much longer to clean up what a quick storm caused in a few seconds.  

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