Thunderstorm damage reported in Augusta area

Rain and wind gusts over 50 mph wreaked a bit of havoc in the Augusta area as separate storms blew through late Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Field Airport recorded 1.43 inches of rainfall through 3 p.m. Wednesday and a peak wind gust of 52 mph at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday night, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Linton.

The storm caused outages to 14,000 Georgia Power customers in the east region. Georgia Power officials said 820 customers were still without power in Richmond County late Wednesday afternoon. The number of outages from Tuesday’s storm had dropped below 200 before Wednesday’s storm hit.

South Carolina Electric and Gas said that 457 Richmond County customers had lost power.

Fran Forehand, east region vice president for Georgia Power, said high winds and lightning resulted in severe damage that included broken poles, downed power lines and damaged equipment.

Residents off Eisenhower Drive were left in the dark after a large tree was uprooted in the road.

On Washington Road, customers scrambled when the gas pump canopy collapsed on top of several vehicles at Circle K about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No injuries were reported.

Customer Tyqavious Atkins barely missed the canopy collapse, but his truck didn’t.

“I was inside paying for gas and right when I was about to walk out, the whole (canopy) collapsed on the pumps,” Atkins said. “Thank God I was still inside or I could have been hurt.”

Circle K employees told Atkins that his Dodge pickup truck – which was beneath the collapsed canopy – would be left overnight as a safety precaution.

“It was crazy,” Atkins said. “I saw the whole thing happen. ... The (canopy) started shaking, then it just collapsed onto my truck. Like I said, I’m just thankful I wasn’t hurt.”

Cleanup was still ongoing when another storm hit about 2 p.m. Wednesday, leaving behind downed limbs and malfunctioning traffic signals. Linton said the threat for more severe weather is not over yet.

A frontal system has stalled over the area bringing the chance of rain every day through Monday.

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