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UPDATE: Midstate spared severe weather

Middle Georgia braced for severe weather today, but got nothing more than heavy rain.

"There was a lot of rain and some lightning, but there were no damage reports and no reports of power lines down," said Johnny Wingers, director of the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency. "We were preparing two days for this thing. I feel like we missed a bullet."

Indeed, the midstate in general got hit with a fair amount of rain today, but little else. Macon finished the day with .65 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service Web site. While some midstate counties were under a tornado watch until this afternoon, there were no damage reports as the more severe weather never went south of Clayton County, said a spokesman with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

"Basically, what happened was in the first wave, there was quite a bit of rain (in the morning)," said Spencer Smith, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. "There was a secondary line (of weather) that redeveloped in the Columbus area and in the counties south of Atlanta. There was nothing too severe. There were some reports of trees down and power lines down."

The storms went through Alabama, traveling in a northeast direction and were expected to head for the Carolinas.

In Macon, the intersection of Broadway and Antioch Road was partially closed for part of today morning because of flooding. Later in the day, a tractor-trailer jacknifed at about 12:30 p.m. on Interstate 75 northbound just before the Interstate 16 merge, causing delays, but there few other traffic problems reported in the midstate.

Smith said some showers are expected in the midstate Thursday night and will likely continue into Friday. Today's weather is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high of 65 degrees.

Wingers said he checked with some EMAs located in North Georgia counties this afternoon, but hadn't heard of any storm damage.

"As long as it's not here, I'm not worried about it," Wingers said with a chuckle. "It sure looked vicious on the radar as of 4:30 in the morning."

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