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Storm leaves Middle Georgia unscathed

A storm system that spawned tornadoes and caused deaths in other states passed by Middle Georgia, leaving the region relatively unscathed.

The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency activated its emergency operations center Tuesday night when strong storms swept through Macon.

The Middle Georgia Regional Airport received about 2.6 inches of rain between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to National Weather Service reports.

Robins Air Force Base received about 2.5 inches in the same time period.

Macon-Bibb EMA Director Don Druitt said the agency’s emergency operations center closed at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

He said the threat for severe weather had passed Wednesday morning, but holiday travelers should take care to be aware of possible fallen limbs.

“We were lucky,” he said.

Water ponded on some streets, but otherwise, Bibb County weathered the storm without any problems, he said.

Houston County EMA Director Jimmy Williams said, his staff monitored the weather Wednesday, but no problems were reported.

The National Weather Service listed the area as being under a flood watch until 8 p.m.

The Ocmulgee River was measured at 15.5 feet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail begins to flood at 16 feet.

Flood stage is 18 feet, according to the weather service.

The National Weather Service’s flood watch warns of the ground already being saturated, causing “significant rises” is area creeks, streams and rivers.

A threat of isolated flash flooding is also possible due to fall vegetation and other debris clogging drainage systems, the National Weather Service reports.

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