Photo By MYRA THRIFT
A massive longleaf pine tree was snapped near the roots by strong winds from a severe thunderstorm and narrowly missed falling on a house at 610 Ava St. Thursday night.
A line of heavy thunderstorms ahead of a cold front moved through southeast Georgia late Thursday dumping a hard rain and causing minor problems with power lines down.
Nobody was injured, according to Ware County Fire Department personnel.
By the light of day this morning, it was becoming apparent that the worst thing the storm accomplished was waking early-retiring citizens from their sleep just prior to midnight.
“We didn’t really have any damage but we did get a few calls about power lines being down,” said Ware Fire Capt. Joe McPhaul. “We responded to those and stood by until the power company came.”
A huge longleaf pine tree in a yard at 610 Ava St. fell during the storm and just missed striking the residence there. Lights were on inside the house this morning at daybreak. Officials said no damage was caused to the house and no injuries were reported.
McPhaul said one of the power company workers, who lives in Brantley County, told him that his yard looked like a “mini tornado” had touched down because of so many tree limbs strewn about.
Brantley County Sheriff’s Department investigator Craig Pittman said this morning that some trees were down on Georgia 121 South (Hoboken to Racepond) and some trees down in the Schlatterville community but no homes or other structures were damaged.
“We have not heard of any structure damage or injuries,” Pittman said.
In Berrien County, winds dropped trees and some buildings were damaged when the storms moved through late Thursday night causing a major power outage, said a Berrien County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
Strong, straight line winds ripped the roof off the City of Nashville’s public works building and several trees fell throughout the county. At least two businesses in Nashville sustained damage, the spokesman said.
Hundreds of Berrien homes were without power overnight but most had been restored as of 5 o’clock this morning, the spokesman said. There are no reports of any injuries there.
Jonathan Daniell, Ware County Emergency Management Agency director, said he “did not receive the first call” about bad weather or any damage in Ware County and that he had not heard of any in nearby Brantley, Pierce or Bacon counties.
Waycross Fire Chief David Eddins said his department received one call informing that cable televison service had been interuppted, but he did not know where. He said no damage was reported to the city fire department.