SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are common during this time of year, and they can cause a lot of damage.
Weekend thunderstorms in Sumter County trapped two women when a tree fell on their car, and a firefighter on his way to that emergency spotted a house fire.
Officials said that things are normally pretty quiet when storms come through.
One of the women trapped in the car said that the rain and lightning are what kept her in the car.
Celeste Smith was trying to get inside when the storm hit.
"Next thing you know, the tree just fell on top of the car. It busted the window. It dented the top, and we were trapped in there. We couldn't get out," said Smith.
Smith only remembers hearing a loud noise.
"We were like, 'what?' And we just went to panicking," explained Smith.
Her brother Cecil Jones was inside the home when it happened.
"I heard a loud sound say, 'Boom!'," said Jones.
He came out and saw Smith trapped in the car and was worried about his wife and sister inside, but there was nothing he could do.
"I had to wait for somebody else because I couldn't lift no tree up," said Jones.
The mess has since been cleaned up, but it wasn't the only call firefighters received Saturday night.
A house on Mask Road caught fire around the same time.
A firefighter spotted the fire in the empty home.
"He called it in immediately and we shortly after, had first engine on scene within minutes," said Firefighter Robby Marcy.
The flames were under control quickly, saving the home from being a total loss.
The fire and the downed tree kept firefighters busy.
"Usually when it rains, we stay quiet. This was just one of those busy days that we just happened to get," explained Marcy.
Back at the home where the tree fell, Smith has found a way to be thankful.
"I was glad it was the car instead of the house because we wouldn't have had anywhere to stay," said Smith.
Smith believes that tree was struck by lightning. It did appear to be burned where it snapped. Firefighters, though, aren't sure what caused it to fall.