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Thunderstorm damage reported in Augusta area

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Power crews work to restore electricity on Dan Street off Eisenhower Drive on Wednesday afternoon after a felled oak tree caused power outages during severe thunderstorms.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:54 AM
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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.

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Karen Aaronson stands beside the stump of an oak tree that fell in her yard at 12:07 a.m. Wednesday during a severe thunderstorm.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Karen Aaronson stands beside the stump of an oak tree that fell in her yard at 12:07 a.m. Wednesday during a severe thunderstorm.

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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dsterling9
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dsterling9 06/11/14 - 08:27 am
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POWER LINES

Another example of why power and other utility lines should be underground wherever possible.

etlinks
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etlinks 06/11/14 - 08:38 am
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Over an inch of rain by my rain gauge.

It was like a mini hurricane out here on 5 notch na last night. Ruff stuff.

Eos
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Eos 06/11/14 - 03:40 pm
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Horizontal winds

Near Ft. Gordon, I experienced winds that were incredibly strong and at one point I was worried that we might get a tornado! *Also a great big THANKS to all the crews and law enforcement folks for keeping things in check.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/13/14 - 11:53 am
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I don't understand the point

I don't understand the point in having a NOAA weather radio if we're not going to be notified about pending dangerous thunder storms. This time I monitored weather radar myself and could clearly see the storm coming. Not one NOAA notification for Augusta-Richmond County came through before the storm. We didn't receive any phone call alerts from the systems we signed up for on several phones, from the city or one of the local TV shows, either. Did anyone else have this problem? The NOAA weather radio was functioning, because it gave an emergency tone long after the storm started here and they STILL didn't mention Augusta-Richmond County, just a long list of counties all around us! This isn't the first time this has happened. I'd like to be notified, too! And yes, we did have damage from the storm! It is a lot safer for this community if the emergency systems in place would work like they are supposed to! But they AREN'T. And I'm not the only one wondering why he/she didn't get notified.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/11/14 - 06:44 pm
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I'm terribly sorry
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for you folks in the CSRA. My wife and I live on a mountain in Holly Springs and need the NOAA's reports quite often. Hope no one was seriously injured or suffered major property damage.

Privy
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Privy 06/11/14 - 09:59 pm
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How did those nine (9) hazard

How did those nine (9) hazard trees hold up?

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/11/14 - 10:28 pm
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Got alot of calls yesterday

Got alot of calls yesterday and today. Tomorrow will probably be busy.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 06/11/14 - 11:33 pm
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NOAA radio

Autumn Leaves - you are so right - this Wednesday afternoon we had strong winds and heavy rain in South Richmond County, right past 3 PM and NOAA gave the 'current conditons' for 2 PM. They are a joke - some more wasted tax payers money. Shut them down, we won't miss them as they miss informing us when they should.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 07:42 am
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Can't you look out the window

Can't you look out the window and see that it's raining hard and the wind is blowing and that there is terrible thunder and lightening?

curly123053
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curly123053 06/12/14 - 08:11 am
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www.weatherbug.com

I agree that the NWS is "to much by the book" that they do not issue warnings in a timely manner compared to some of the commercial weather sites. When I worked EMS I learned to follow www.weatherbug.com and weatherunderground.com because my county emergency management used them to track storms moving towards Aiken County. I have had them on my computer, and now on my smartphone. I suggest downloading weatherbug.com onto your phone if you can. It gives out "special weather alerts" when bad weather is approaching, usually long before the NOAA and NWS issue alerts. Also weatherbug.com will alert your phone to lightning close to your proximity.
I use these sites a lot and track local weather as a trained storm spotter. They are easy to use and where ever you are weatherbug will send an alert to you if you are in the path of a coming storm. I got alerted once this past March while vacationing in Houston. I use the "free" version of weatherbug.com and it is faster and easier than finding your way through the NWS. Plus weatherbug updates the temps and weather as it is happening, not hourly as NOAA does.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/13/14 - 11:56 am
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Corgimom, NO, most people

Corgimom, I hope you're being sarcastic. We need ADVANCE notice of the storms, not AFTER it is already here or already GONE. NO, most people don't normally look out the window after dark or when we're asleep. There was plenty of time for NOAA and other alerts to notify Augusta, GA based on the time line when I saw it on the radar online. The rest of the household went to sleep about 10pm and I let them rest because I didn't get any severe weather alerts, but stayed up, rather than going to sleep when I normally do, to watch the cell on radar that was indicating high winds, lightning and possible hail. A friend also notified me and a local television station that unusually high winds, lightning were in their area, location coinciding with that storm cell on the radar.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/13/14 - 11:51 am
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Thanks curly for the tip, but

Thanks curly for the tip, but I don't own a smart phone. Many people I know don't own one either, nor do many of them have access to internet or hot spots, nor are they likely to have access to these in the future. We need a simpler system for notifying everyone, not just people that have access to internet.

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