Storm cleanup continues

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Many Augustans awoke Thursday morning to find tree damage.
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Two dozen Fort Gordon soldiers were treated for injuries caused by a storm that blew through the Augusta area Wednesday evening.

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A tree is removed from Second Street in Olde Town. Winds kicked up to 67 mph.    Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
A tree is removed from Second Street in Olde Town. Winds kicked up to 67 mph.

The soldiers were participating in a Reserve Component Annual Training and Red Dragon exercise when the storm hit their bivouac area, according to a news release.

They were taken to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center for treatment from storm-related debris and damaged tents. The majority returned to work.

The storm, which brought winds up to 67 mph, caused problems in many other areas in the hours after it passed.

A tree toppled onto a Richmond County Sheriff's Office vehicle Wednesday night while the deputy was driving on Milledge Road. The deputy was not injured, said sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver.

Deputies scrambled throughout the morning Thursday in an attempt to keep traffic moving in the many intersections where traffic signals were out.

Gordon Highway intersections were still without working signals more than 12 hours after the storm passed.

Police scanners buzzed Thursday morning as deputies were dispatched to downed power lines and trees and damaged homes and vehicles.

In the mornings after damaging storms, Weaver said, he sometimes has to have deputies keep working past the end of their shifts until the situation is under control.

"It does tie us up for a while," he said Thursday. "But even though it was pretty bad last night, we were able to cover everything with existing people."

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, about 40,000 Georgia Power customers in the east region were without power. The majority of the region's outages were in the Augusta area.

As of 10:15 p.m. Thursday, 15,000 Augusta-area customers were still without power. About 11,500 are in Augusta, 2,500 in Evans and about 1,000 total in Thomson and Waynesboro.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Konswello Monroe said all power should be restored by midnight tonight. Monroe said crews try to restore power to areas with major facilities such as hospitals first.

Jefferson Energy Cooperative recorded a maximum of 12,000 outages after the storm, according to marketing representative Steve Chalker. As of 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 1,762 customers, mainly in Richmond and McDuffie counties, were still without power, spokesman Geoff Potter said.

South Carolina Electric and Gas restored power to virtually all of its local customers Thursday evening.

As of 10:15 p.m., SCE&G's Web site showed only two customers without power, in Barnwell County.

The majority of the damage appeared to result from the wind.

Meteorologist Jeff Linton, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C., said Bush Field and Daniel Field airports collectively recorded less than 1 inch of rain, leaving Bush Field roughly 4.5 inches below average rainfall for the year.

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butler123
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butler123 06/16/11 - 10:02 am
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I live on Chambers dr. in

I live on Chambers dr. in Hephzibah. Every house on my street has shingle roof damage. If you have a roofing co. would be a good place to leave your card.

slsoske
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slsoske 06/16/11 - 10:53 am
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Interesting. Goshen has

Interesting. Goshen has trees down everywhere, at least 3 houses with trees on them, power outage, and lots of limbs...I guess we're not part of Augusta.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 06/16/11 - 03:11 pm
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Immediately north of the

Immediately north of the Richmond line in the Bennock Mill area there are numerous large trees down. Power was out about six hours. Sounded like a freight train roaring through. Hideous storm!

SouthsideNorth
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SouthsideNorth 06/16/11 - 04:45 pm
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slsoke... I hear you...

slsoke... I hear you... Goshen looked awful this morning, but the sound of chainsaws and seeing people ALIVE & WELL with rakes was heartwarming & a Blessing to see; I'm so glad no one was injured because it was a horrible storm...

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sonjalynn 06/16/11 - 06:48 pm
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My grandma lives in Richmond

My grandma lives in Richmond County, close to Butler High School. She's been out of power for over 12 hours and is now staying with me, since I live in Columbia County. I hope it comes on soon, so she can go home to her kitties! If anyone who lives in her area can let me know when the power comes on down there, to please post something!!! Thanks!

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AutumnLeaves 06/16/11 - 06:50 pm
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Parts of area behind

Parts of area behind Hillcrest Baptist Church between Golden Camp Road and Wheeless Road are still without power.

sonjalynn
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sonjalynn 06/16/11 - 07:04 pm
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That's a huge area! I hope

That's a huge area! I hope everyone gets power soon. They're talking about Friday night at midnight!

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 06/17/11 - 03:31 am
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South Augusta power is up

South Augusta power is up from around 3AM this morning.

Me
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Me 06/17/11 - 09:14 am
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Even though we on our street

Even though we on our street were VERY fustrated with the response of Jefferson Electric (we called immediately and informed them, then called back and could not get thru to ANY of their numbers for almost 24 hours, then were told they had no record of us calling!!), we really want to THANK the repair crews that finally got power restored almost 20 hours later! These men and women have really worked their tails off, and our hats off to you all!

Kittykool89
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Kittykool89 06/17/11 - 05:49 pm
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GA Power has been so slow to

GA Power has been so slow to repair the issue...what gives

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