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Pecan grower cleans up orchard after storm

BACONTON, GA (WALB) - Folks in Baconton are also cleaning up after a storm brought hail and damaging winds.

There was a lot of down trees on U.S. 19 on the way to Baconton.

Many of these tall pecan trees have been around for generations, and they were no match for the storm mother nature brought in last night.

"We were just hoping to get a rain but when the wind came with it and the hail came with it, that was a surprise," says pecan grower Frank Brooks.

Frank Brooks has managed this orchard for about 15 years, but has never seen damage quite like this.

"Im surprised that there is not more trees down than there is, more limbs because it was as strong wind as I've ever seen," says Brooks.

And it's going to take a few days to get things back to normal.

"Mostly with Front end loaders, and we may have to have some chainsaws where we can move it, mostly with front end loaders," he says.

Henritta Kelluam was home watching TV when the storm hit.

It knocked down a power line at her sisters' house, and even this light.

"It was scary," says Baconton resident Henritta Kelluam.

They've cleaned up a lot of the trees but still have more to go.

"I'm just grateful that we are safe and no one was hurt," says Kelluam.

As for Brooks he expects to still have a good crop, but he says it may be a little smaller than usual.

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