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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 9, 2008

DONALSONVILLE, GA (WALB) - Crews worked hard Thursday cleaning up the mess POWERFUL straight line winds created Wednesday.

"You can see it entirely took the roof off," says Billy Fain. He works for the company that owns a house in Paradise Acres that suffered the most damage.

"As you can see we had just remodeled the kitchen, had just remodeled new cabinets, painted walls, and you can see the suction where it's taken the ceiling out," says Fain.

It even separated the wall from the foundation. And with this kind of damage, people in this town were convinced a tornado was to blame.

By just looking at the damage done to the yards, you would automatically assume a tornado hit. After all, a tree was uprooted from the ground, but in fact it was just high winds.

"With a tornado you have widespread damage, you have more twists in the trees, you're debris is carried further," says EMA Director Travis Brooks.

Brooks says a tornado was reported in Seminole County yesterday but The National Weather service believes it never touched ground.

If you look at the grass and the fallen trees, they're all laying in the same direction. That's one of the biggest clues the mess is not the result of a tornado.

You still need to stay inside, you still need to go to the room in the safest spot of your home, and just stay there even with just microbursts and straight line winds," says Brooks.  

Looking at the scene you wouldn't think the word, "lucky", but if you talk to the people living next door in this house you may change your mind.

 They couldn't believe their house...boat....dock...and Rv...were completely untouched.

"All the damage we had is this big cedar tree right here behind us, it twisted it up, limbs and stuff, you know. But it could have been worse, we are very fortunate and thank the good Lord for everything," says Troy Barfield.

The two houses with extensive damage were vacant and up for sale. Crews expect to be cleaning up for the next couple of days.

Donalsonville's EMA Director stressed the importance of weather radios today. They only cost about 30-40 dollars and they could save your life. Feedback