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Communities clean up after thunderstorms

Dark clouds near Smithville, GA Monday. (Source: Aaron Cosby/Facebook) Dark clouds near Smithville, GA Monday. (Source: Aaron Cosby/Facebook)
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgians spent much of Monday cleaning up from thunderstorms over the weekend.

Homeowner Teresa Napolitano had tree experts look at three pine trees in her yard that were struck by lightning around 6 p.m. Sunday night.

When it happened, two men standing by a truck were knocked down. They're okay, but the lightning shorted out the truck's computer system as well as the phone, cable, and alarm system in the home.

Tree experts say trees should be trimmed away from homes so that they don't attract lightning.

"When your pine trees, or trees, if they are around anything that [a live current] can run on, water lines, your pet fences, chain link fences, anything like that [can become dangerous]," said Lee Harper with Harper Tree Service.

The Albany Fire Department made 27 emergency runs during Sunday night's storm, including four buildings that were hit by lightning.

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