Storm leaves Augusta area largely unscathed

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.

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