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By Alicia Eakin

August 22, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The weather got worse Friday evening in the eastern counties in our viewing area.

The National Weather Service estimates about two and a half inches of rain fell over a span of about four hours Friday night in Lowndes County.

First responders there tell us they've answered more than 100 calls about downed trees.  One practically split a part a mobile home in Clyattville.  Luckily no one was injured.

In Berrien County, it was quiet most of the day but since 5:00 PM they responded to more than 25-calls of trees down.

They worry it could get worse through the night.

"The ground is extremely saturated. We are going to get more rain and even though we are looking at maximum sustained winds of a little over 20 miles per hour, that can still, a tree with a small root system, that can bring the tree down," says Mara Register, Deputy City Manager of Valdosta.

Authorities in Brooks, Echols and Clinch Counties all say they've experienced the similar problems of downed trees, minor street flooding and scattered power outages.