Weather

More News | Local Forecast | DATABASE: Historic Weather Data

Storm leaves Augusta area largely unscathed

  • Follow Metro

A massive storm that caused widespread damage in other parts of the state left the Augusta area largely unscathed Wednesday night.

“Considering the path of destruction this storm swept across the state, I would consider our area extremely fortunate,” said Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division.

A tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service was canceled hours early. In Grovetown, one motorist struck a fallen tree on Horizon South Parkway, but no major accidents were reported.

“Luckily, no one has had much to report,” said Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Cheryl Dorsey.

The storm did, however, result in downed trees and power outages across the area. More than 500 homes lost power in Aiken, according to South Carolina Electric & Gas. Georgia Power reported nearly 4,000 outages in east Georgia, including Augusta.

Because of the threat of severe weather, evening classes at Georgia Regents University and after-school programs and sports at Richmond County schools were canceled.

The storm brought winds of 15 to 25 mph and wind gusts up to 35 mph, along with rainfall. Tucker said the rain combined with moist soil conditions is likely to produce heavy runoff and rapidly rising water on small creeks and streams and flooding in low-lying areas.

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
pommom38
1496
Points
pommom38 01/31/13 - 11:27 am
0
0
Overblown

as usual.

TCB22
632
Points
TCB22 01/31/13 - 12:35 pm
0
0
pommom38

pommom38 is disappointed that a tornado didn't hit his house. Some of the comments on here are just plain dopey. Prayers for all of those affected yesterday.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Vogtle workers see both reactor projects

Some veterans of the nuclear industry were at the site south of Augusta to see the complex network of rebar and concrete rising out of the ground in the 1970s and ’80s. Now, they are back.
Search Augusta jobs