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Storm rolls across Albany, into Lee Co.

Photo courtesy Jim Wright Photo courtesy Jim Wright

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 7, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the hardest hit areas was in Northwest Albany near the Lee County line.  Residents along North Jefferson, Dunbar Lane, and the Huntington subdivision were pulled from their beds as trees crashed down on homes, ripping one house in two. 

Strong winds were no match for the trees along Dunbar Lane.  Keith Maffett's mother in law's home was split in two when a tree was uprooted in the storm.  His two story barn didn't fair any better, the second story was scattered in the yard.

"It sounded like a freight train I just heard the train go by at the tracks, but I then I heard like a freight train going off," said Maffett.

First light revealed just how bad the damage was to the home and his barn.  He's thankful a corvette and several motorcycles inside were spared. "It's about three inches from being crushed now from the debris, but it's fine."

In Lee County, neighbors in the Huntington subdivision along Hedgerow were picking up pieces of a barn out of their yards.  A garbage can from blocks away flew into Tempteste Dailey's home shattering a window.

"It sounded like a semi-truck coming through the house.  I heard the window here bust.  I was just in total shock," Dailey said.

The winds ripped the shingles from her neighbor's roof and tossed another tree into a home across the street.

"This one here behind me is the worst one that we had, there's a tree down on the house with some structural damage," said Chief James Howell, Lee County EMA Director.

Dougherty Co. EMA Director Jim Vaught said the first thing he did Wednesday morning was alert the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to the damage.  The clean up along Dunbar and in the Huntington subdivision is expected to continue throughout the day.

Public works crews have put many of their street sweepers out on Albany's roads to help make them passable.

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