Possible tornado hits Monroe County during storms

A possible tornado was reported between Forsyth and Smarr about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The damage started near Gose and Callaway roads, said Jessica Fieux, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Matthew Perry said 11 homes were damaged and two outbuildings were destroyed.

Fieux said a weather-related traffic crash with injuries was reported near the intersection of Ga. 87 and Rock Quarry Road.

Nine Monroe County roads were closed because of flooding, Perry said. The roads were Martin, Smith, Joe Chambers, Abernathy, Old Brent, Byars, McMullan and Zellner roads and Castleberry Loop.

In Houston County, a large tree fell on a power line off Ga. 247 in Bonaire, closing a small stretch of that road between Ga. 96 and Azalea Avenue, said Houston County assistant fire chief Kevin Noles. Other fallen trees caused more problems, but no major property damage or injuries were reported.

About 10:05 a.m., lightning struck near Perry High School, which triggered a fire alarm, said Beth McLaughlin, director of community and school affairs for the Houston County school system.

The Perry Fire Department responded to the call, but there was no damage to the school, said Fire Chief Joel Gray.

The incident did not disrupt classes, McLaughlin said.

Jeff Wilson, a spokesman for Georgia Power, said that about 3,300 Bibb County customers and another 500 customers in Jones County were without power at about 2 p.m. The outages were scattered across the region, he said.

Approximately 2,000 Tri-County EMC members in Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties were without power at 2:45 p.m., according to a news release.

About 1,318 Flint Energies customers across the state were without power around at the peak of the storm, said company spokeswoman Marian Anderson. Residents of Warner Robins and Perry are among those served by the company.

The Middle Georgia Regional Airport reported 26 mph winds at 1 p.m. and 16 mph winds at 2 p.m. Rain gauges reported 0.83 inches between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.

The highest gusts recorded at the downtown airport were 30 knots, or about 35 mph, said Matthew Singletary of the Macon Jet Center.

“It’s staying right around 15 (knots) and gusting to 20, but the highest peak was gusting to 30,” Singletary said.

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department had no reports of major storm damage.

Telegraph writer Andrea Castillo contributed to this report.