Coffee Co. residents pick up the pieces after powerful storm

The Ga. DOT also said a road is closed

Coffee Co. residents pick up the pieces after powerful storm
Coffee County residents picking up the pieces after thunderstorm (Source: WALB News)

DOUGLAS, Ga. (WALB) - Several people across South Georgia are cleaning up the damage left behind by Saturday’s storms.

In Coffee County, many homes received damage from strong winds, and a tornado estimated at EF-2.

Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area
Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area (Source: Jay Hennesy)

In Douglas/Coffee County, the State Route 206 Connector closed to through traffic from US 221/State Route 135 to US 441/State Route 31, because of water over Seventeen Mile River bridge.

The Red Cross has opened at Central Square Gymnasium at 200 S. Madison Avenue to assist anyone affected by the storm and tornado in Coffee County. Those needing assistance will need to complete an information form and provide ID and proof of residency. After completing the form, needs will be assessed by the Red Cross team. For more info, call Toya Rooks with the Red Cross at 470-571-9084.

Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area
Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area (Source: Jay Hennesy)

Coffee County Schools are closed Monday, April 26 for students and staff. The tornado that passed through the community Saturday night, April 24, left heavy damage to local roads, power systems, and the homes of numerous students and staff, a notice from the school system said.

Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area
Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area (Source: Jay Hennesy)

A few homes were severely damaged. One family had their roof blown off and also experienced water damage in the house. Some families were in shock when it all happened.

“My mom was in the bedroom and they could fill the house shaking and they knew it was bad. My dad had already had called me to tell me to get out of my mobile home while he was still in his. When they heard everything get real loud and shaking really bad, they knew that a lot was taken place outside. They didn’t come out till later to see some of the damage, but they did not know the maximum percent of the damage until it was daylight,” said Krystal Wood.

Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area
Coffee Co. damage in the Baymeadows area (Source: Jay Hennesy)

“This morning they had been cleaning up non-stop since they woke up. The community has been absolutely amazing, look at the people. You look around and there are people out here that nobody knows that’s just out here helping. So it’s just amazing,” Wood added.

Here is what the National Weather Service Damage Survey said about Coffee County.

On Saturday, April 24, 2021 between 9 PM and 10 PM a supercell thunderstorm crossed the southern tier of Coffee County in Georgia. This thunderstorm produced a tornado that impacted the southwestern portion of Douglas. Initial debris, in the form of large snapped trees, began approximately at the Hebron Church south of Georgia Highway 158 in Willacoochee. The most extensive damage occurred in the Baymeadows Estates community, where numerous homes suffered wind and tree damage consistent with low-end EF2 damage. The tornado maintained an east-southeast heading as it impacted the Bear Creek mobile home community where numerous Pine trees were snapped. Damage path consisting of snapped trees continued eastward, ending at the Carver Baptist Church. While damage was extensive across portions of the 8-mile track, no injuries and fatalities occurred.
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Families also said that they are speaking with their insurance companies to figure out what’s next.

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