Midstate escapes major damage from severe thunderstorm

lfabian@macon.comJune 14, 2013 

Lightning strikes near Mercer University during a thunderstorm Thursday evening. Campus police officer Chris Wheeler captured the bolt while on patrol.

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Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled into Macon shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday after a line of storms raked across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

More than 150,000 Georgia Power customers lost electricity around Atlanta, and about 60,000 remained without service as of 6 a.m. Friday, according to the company’s website.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for near Butts and Jasper counties until 9:30 p.m. Thursday and several trees were down near Ga. 42 and Shiloh Road in Butts County.

Monroe, Bibb and Wilkinson counties also reported several trees down, according to the preliminary storm report from the NWS.

Only a few pockets of Macon were without electricity Friday morning, including neighborhoods off Forest Hill Road and near Delano Drive.

Both the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and Robins Air Force Base recorded .22 of an inch of rain and the base clocked a 22 mph wind gust after 10:30 p.m.

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