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Storms soak region, cause outages

Strong storms blew through Middle Georgia on Monday afternoon and evening, but authorities reported mostly minor damage across the region, with sporadic power outages.

No serious injuries were reported.

During the afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a portion of Hancock County, as well as flood and tornado watches throughout Middle Georgia on Monday.

Tree damage was reported in Baldwin County, particularly in areas around Pettigrew Road and Sinclair Dam Road near Milledgeville Country Club. There were reports of flooding, but no injuries, officials said.

In Bibb County, trees knocked over by the storm triggered power outages around Macon. According to Georgia Power officials, about 1,400 households lost power in the Napier Avenue area about 11:30 a.m. when a tree fell on power lines. Power was restored in about two hours, officials said.

An additional 865 households in and around the Clairmont Place neighborhood lost power after another tree fell on power lines later in the afternoon. It took about three hours to restore power.

According to the weather service, 1.17 inches of rain had been recorded at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon as of 7 p.m. Monday.

Officials with the 911 center said there were several weather-related traffic accidents during the day, but no deaths were reported.

In other parts of Georgia, heavy rains left Six Flags Over Georgia submerged in standing water Monday and crews rescued a woman found floating on a dresser inside an Atlanta home.

The rain began to taper off by early evening, but not before dropping 4.77 inches in Columbus, the highest amount in the state, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Leery. A total of 2.81 inches had fallen in metro Atlanta in 24 hours.

Six Flags spokeswoman Kendell Kelton said officials weren't sure how much standing water was in the park, though broadcast reports showed a roller coaster surrounded by what appeared to be several feet of water. There was no damage and Six Flags has endured flooding on its back side, which is by the Chattahoochee River, for decades, Kelton said.

The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department and Cobb County rescued a woman who was trapped in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood after Nancy Creek surged over of its banks. Fire department spokesman Capt. Jolyon Bundrige said authorities haven't identified the woman found floating on a dresser inside the home but said she wasn't injured. A maid working in a second building on the property called authorities.

Officials said there was a 40 percent chance of rain in Macon this morning, but it wouldn’t be as severe as the rain that hit Monday. The weather is expected to remain dry until Saturday, when there’s a 30 percent chance of showers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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