BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Downed power lines caused fires and winds damaged a car dealership.
Some Bainbridge streets flooded during relentless rain.
Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller had two words of advice for drivers during a storm.
Miller said, “Slow down. Absolutely slow down. Take your time. Give yourself extra time to get from point A to point B.”
Storms began causing damage around 5 a.m.
That's around the time a driver notified Action GM workers that winds had ripped the roof off a part of their building.
Action GM Manager Randy Soden said, “A big wind gust took a part of our awning on the side of the building and lifted it completely over the building and it landed on the other side of the building.”
Luckily no one was hurt.
But just right down the road, Georgia Power crews responded to power lines down that started a fire.
Yet another big concern for drivers.
Miller said, “The electricity is going to energize the water. And if you drive through it, there's a chance it can either stall the car or affect you.”
Bainbridge Public Safety said it's truly a team effort when they have severe weather like this.
They had Animal Control directing traffic.
Miller said, “The more important thing is, if you don't have to be out, don't. Stay home.”
And while most people don't have that luxury, Miller reminded drivers never to drive through large puddles and always test to make sure windshield wipers work properly.