Storm brings changes this morning to Masters practice rounds

Thousands without power across the region

Gates to the Augusta National Golf Club opened on time this morning but the course was closed until 8:45 a.m. due to the storms sweeping through the area early this morning.

Richmond County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said patrons would be able to access the pro shops until the course opened.

There is a slight chance of thunderstorms before 10 a.m. and showers until 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

Elsewhere, crews spread out across area counties this morning, working to restore electrical power to thousands of homes.

"We've got outages all over the state," Jeff Wilson, of Georgia Power said. "We're still doing damage assessment right now so we don't have restoration times."

At least 7,400 homes are without power in Thomson and Waynesboro, he said.

About 1,900 people are without power in Aiken County, and in Edgefield 2,788 did not have electricity, according to the Web site for South Carolina Electrica and Gas.

Near the Augusta National Golf Club, Gay said power lines were down on both Eisenhower Drive and Cherry Lane, which could impact the parking situation as patrons arrive this morning.

Crews have spread out across area counties this morning, working to restore electrical power to thousands of homes and clear roads of tree limbs and debris.

Around 3 o'clock this morning a heavy storm featuring thunder, lightning, winds, hail and driving rain rolled over the region.

Much of the area was under a tornado watch, although a severe thunderstorm warning had expired.

Despite that, loud thunderclaps were heard, bright lightning flashes were seen and heavy rain was falling in downtown Augusta shortly after 3 a.m.

The following counties were under a tornado watch and lasting until 6 a.m.:

In Georgia, Burke, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie and Richmond.

In South Carolina, Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda.

And three more counties -- Jenkins and Screven in Georgia, and Allendale in South Carolina -- were issued a tornado watch about 2:45 a.m., in effect until 10 a.m.

Residents of these counties are advised to tune in to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations and keep posted for emergency weather bulletins. A watch means that weather conditions are favorable for producing a tornado, not that one is immiment, but residents should be prepared for a sudden change in conditions.

Pam Tucker, emergency management director in Columbia County, reported:
# Trees are down all over the county...Martinez, Evans, Appling, Grovetown and Harlem.
# There are several areas without power; in some areas, power lines are leaning on trees.
# One tree went down at the 4600 Block of Oakley Pirkle and the roots pulled up a gas line, causing a rupture and natural gas leak. Crew are working to stop and repair the leak.
# A fire truck responding to a call ran over and was stuck on a tree that had fallen across the roadway due to the dark road and very heavy rain at the time.


POWER LINES DOWN

1. OLD LOUISVILLE RD/ROLLAND RD
2. HEREFORD FARM RD/COLUMBIA RD
3. 4018 WASHINGTON RD
4. 3776 KEG POINTE RD
5. 3852 SUAN DR
6. KEG CREEK DR/WIINFIELD
7. 5275 COLUMBIA RD
8. WRIGHTSBORO RD/CREEK BEND
9. 726 COOPER RD
10. OLD BELAIR LN/S OLD BELAIR
11. 5200 PARHAM RD
12. PARHAM
13. 4340 WRIGHTSBORO RD
14. 3643 RIVERCREST RD
15. 4340 WRIGHTSBORO RD
16. MARCKS RD/OLD UNION

 

 

Chill to follow

The chance of precipitationthis morning is 20 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

 Officials expect patchy frost after 5 a.m. Wednesday and a low around 37 degrees before climbing to a high of 71 degrees. 

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