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Strong thunderstorms cause fires, knock over trees in midstate

Powerful thunderstorms Monday afternoon downed trees and power lines in Bibb County and across Middle Georgia, according to emergency dispatchers and the National Weather Service.

Firefighters responded to a house fire on Rivoli Ridge Drive about 7 p.m. after lightning struck the home.

In Dublin, lightning struck several hay bales near Buckeye Farm and caused a fire there, said Jessica Fieux, a weather service forecaster.

Trees partially blocked one eastbound lane of Interstate 16 in Laurens County, a Georgia State Patrol dispatcher said.

Crawford County received hail as big as an inch in diameter, Fieux said.

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