Houston & Peach

UPDATE: Lightning suspected in Houston County house fire, storms down Middle Georgia trees

Bouts of severe weather Thursday night caused sporadic wind damage, downed numerous trees, and triggered a suspected lightning fire in Middle Georgia.

Assistant Houston County Fire Chief Kevin Noles said crews were called to house fire at 3658 U.S. 41 at about 7:20 p.m. Thursday.

The brick home sustained moderate damage and the family evacuated safely, Noles said.

A fire investigator will try to confirm whether lightning caused the fire after inspecting the building Friday.

Noles also plans to inspect reported storm damage in other neighborhoods.

The storm postponed the Little League Southeast Regional tournament games in Warner Robins and inch-size hail was reported in Byron at 7:25 p.m.

Three-quarter inch hail pelted Upson County at about 7:15 p.m. as trees fell in the storm.

Preliminary damage reports from The National Weather Service show the first damaging thunderstorm in Jones County hit at about 6:30 p.m. and blew down a gas station awning about five miles northeast of Macon.

Shortly after 8 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 9 p.m. for Bibb County, where up to 10 trees toppled in west Macon and more trees fell about four miles southwest of Gray in Jones County.