Rain soaks region, some power outages reported

Storms dumped between one and three inches of rain across the Augusta area today, causing power outages and light flooding in some instances.

 

Rain was steady throughout the day but lightened up as the evening progressed.

The National Weather Service reported rainfall of about 2 inches at Daniel Field by 5 p.m. Columbia County had rainfall totals as high as three inches near Crawford Creek, according to an e-mail from Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker.

About 850 Augusta homes were without power this afternoon, with Georgia Power crews on the scene. Many of those homes were on Bleakley Street, said Lynn Wallace, spokeswoman for Georgia Power.

Roads near University Hospital also were being monitored for minor flooding problems by Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management.

Power also went off at the Richmond County Health Department’s office at Laney-Walker Boulevard for about an hour between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Power lines were down near homes on Hampstead Place in Martinez, as well as Hickory Court and Rhett Drive in Evans.

Several local counties were under tornado watch until 9 p.m., including Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Burke in Georgia, and Aiken, Edgefield, Barnwell, Allendale and McCormick in South Carolina.

The National Weather Service is forecasting Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high around 60 degrees.

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