Originally created 01/19/01

Storms hit area



A storm packing winds just below that of a hurricane swept through the Augusta area Friday, leaving one home and at least two businesses damaged along with several power outages and downed trees on roadways.

The storm, which began moving through the area around 2:45 p.m., hit McDuffie and Columbia counties worst with an estimated wind speed of 60 mph in certain areas, said Tim Hawks, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia, S.C.

Mr. Hawks said there was one report of a funnel cloud in Saluda County near Monetta, S.C., but no other reports of tornadoes were associated with the storm. No one was injured.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency reported storm damage across the state, especially in Fulton County, Hart County, Taylor County and Clayton County.