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Summertime storms are leaving South Georgia communities a mess.
The most recent storms were in Dawson where cleanup is underway from a powerful storm that brought down trees, damaged homes and cars.
That's right Dawn, the people that we spoke with today in Dawson are still shocked by what happened yesterday afternoon and now they're left to clean up the damage that the storm left behind.
The den used to be a haven of rest for Vicki Lemon. That is, before the storm hit.
"I turned around to look and all I saw was sheet rock, wood and the sky," she said.
This tree came crashing into the den - not far from where she had been sitting only a few seconds before. The storm that caused the damage had already gotten Lemon's attention.
"The wind was blowing the rain, I couldn't see out the windows in the den room, so I moved to the next room so I could get a better view," she said.
Before the storm had hit, it had been a quiet afternoon at the Lemon household.
"I was lying down watching television," she said.
Afterwards, it was a scene of chaos. And not just here.
All over the city it was a similar story as there was damage everywhere. This large tree crashed into the bedroom of the Peters house on Stonewall Street.
And these weren't the only things damaged by Thursday's storm.
We first showed you the damage to the cars in the police department parking lot last night. Friday morning, the tumult of last night had given way to an eerie quiet.
But in other parts of town, it was a different sound - the sound of chainsaws.
On both ends of the city, crews were busy with the chainsaws. At the Peters house a crane was also brought in to lift the branches off.
While power had been restored to most of the city by late last night, neither house has power, which meant a night with the relatives.
"We stayed at a relative's house last night at my uncle's," said Lemon.
But for both families there was a common sense that it was more than just fate that kept them from harm.
Lemon said, "I was just thanking God that I made it out alive."
And while it only took a few minutes for the storm to zip through Dawson, the memories of what happened here will last for much longer.
The National Weather Service of Tallahassee did issue two severe thunderstorm warnings for Terrell County on Thursday. One was at about 3:20 and the other was just before four o'clock. For right now, they're saying all of last night's damage was caused by straight line winds.
The Weather Service says that there was also quarter sized hail in Dawson with the storm and wind damage in both Rochelle and near Newton from last nights storms.