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Cleanup continues after storm uprooted trees, knocked out electricity Monday night

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 8:53 AM
Last updated 6:39 PM
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Residents were cleaning up their property Tuesday and experts were assessing damage after a storm Monday night dumped rain, knocked down trees and disrupted power. A tornado might have touched down in Burke County.

A fallen tree crushed a vehicle on Ashley Circle in the Holiday Park subdivision off Columbia Road.  SPECIAL
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A fallen tree crushed a vehicle on Ashley Circle in the Holiday Park subdivision off Columbia Road.

Pam Tucker, the director of Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division, said 0.7 inch of rainfall was recorded at Evans Government Center. Other areas received between 0.5 and 1 inch of rainfall overnight.

Perhaps the most dramatic evidence of the storm, Tucker said, was a fallen tree that crushed a vehicle on Ashley Circle in the Holiday Park subdivision off Columbia Road.

Another report said a fully grown pine was uprooted at 807 Shackleford Place and took three more trees down with it, she said.

Crews worked Tuesday morning to repair power lines and remove trees blocking roads.

Just before 10 p.m. Monday, Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright said that about 7,000 households in Burke, Richmond and Columbia counties were without power.

About 1,700 outages were in Burke County, where a possible tornado was seen on National Weather Service radar around 9 p.m.

Boatright said about 530 customers in the Augusta area were still without electricity Tuesday morning.

About 340 Jefferson Electric customers were still without electricity Tuesday afternoon. According to a news release, additional crews were being called in to help restore power to areas of Glascock, Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, McDuffie and Warren counties.

Steve Naglic, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Columbia, said he couldn’t confirm yet whether a tornado touched down in Burke County.


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