Stubborn storms deluge parts of Middle Georgia

lfabian@macon.comMay 15, 2014 


Macon-Bibb County firefighters put water on a tree limb on set afire by power lines on Gwinnett Drive after heavy rain and wind swept across Macon Wednesday.


Overnight storms with 40 mph winds deluged parts of Middle Georgia with more than 5 inches of rain by Thursday morning.

Near Danville, Bunny Nobles recorded 5.17 inches in her rain gauge for the national Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network.

Her home in the eastern corner of Twiggs County was in the path of the line of storms that kept chugging through about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory for 40 mph winds and heavy rain for Twiggs, Pulaski, Laurens, Jones, Wilkinson, Baldwin, Bleckley and Dodge counties.

By 11 p.m., streets were flooding in Cochran after 3 inches of rain in not as many hours.

The emergency manager reported overflowing drainage branches and small streams.

Water rose into a crawl space of a home off Ann Street and a home off Phillips Lane was surrounded by water up to its foundation.

Bleckley schools closed to students Thursday due to the condition of the roads.

In some areas, the rain just didn’t let up.

Shortly before 11 p.m., meteorologists sounded another alarm for heavy rain of up to 3 inches for Wilcox, Pulaski and Dodge counties through 12:15 a.m.

Eastman had already been hit shortly before 5 p.m. when a metal hay barn was demolished on Bell Line Road and metal roofs were also damaged about 4:30 p.m. about 4 miles east of Eastman.

Soperton Highway was blocked by fallen trees and power lines.

Just before 6:15 p.m., 10 trees were blown down in Wayside in Jones County.

The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado early Thursday about a mile northeast of Homer in Banks County, just northwest of Interstate 85.

Just after midnight, numerous trees and power poles were downed along a two mile path near Homer Highway.

The storm blew into Macon after 5 p.m. Wednesday, sending a trash bag rolling down College Street.

Winds downed power lines that ignited a tree limb Wednesday evening on Gwinnett Drive in Macon.

Workers blocked the street at Pierce Drive North for repairs Thursday morning.

By the time the sun came out Thursday afternoon, Macon had recorded 1.78 inches rain at Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

Areas closer to downtown got more than 2 inches.

Temperatures behind the storm system will be much cooler for a couple of days.

Friday’s low is expected to drop into the upper 40s. The temperature will plummet to the upper 40s overnight.

Friday will be sunny, breezy and cool with a high near 76 and a low Saturday morning of 48 before reaching toward the low 80s that afternoon.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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