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Hail pelts Middle Georgia, trees down with thunderstorms

Macon picked up 2.34 inches of rain as thunderstorms exploded in Sunday’s record high of 108 degrees, which tied the city’s all-time high temperature.

Some of the storms reached severe levels with 1.75-inch hail pelting Juliette at about 6 p.m. Sunday, according to preliminary damage reports from the National Weather Service.

A NWS employee sought refuge under a gas station awning in Sparta as 0.88-inch hail plummeted from the sky at about 4:15 p.m.

The same size hail filled a yard three miles west of Warner Robins at about 5:25 p.m.

Inch-size hail was reported in Baldwin, Wilkinson, Houston and Monroe counties.

The storms also kicked up gusty winds that downed numerous trees.

At about 9 p.m., two trees fell on a house in Crisp County about three miles southwest of Hatley.

Up to 30 trees toppled in north and central Monroe County, the preliminary damage report stated.

Trees were also down in Baldwin, Putnam, Crawford and Jones counties.

Forsyth issued a watering ban Monday after finding that a pump was damaged as a result of the storm, said Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Matthew Perry.

“It’s an active step to maintain pressure in the system,” Perry said.

Workers were trying to repair the pump Monday afternoon. It was unclear Monday how long the ban will last.

Perry said residents are banned from outdoor watering.

“Don’t wash your car, don’t fill your pool,” he said.

Telegraph writer Amy Leigh Womack contributed to this report. To contact writer Liz Fabian call 744-4303.

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