Originally created 01/04/06

A mighty wind



Three large holes in the roof of the Hylands' home serve as a road map showing where a 25-foot pine tree crashed during Monday's storms.

Michael Hyland, who lives at the North Augusta residence on Brookview Court, said four trees were uprooted when the storms hit just after 9 p.m., with one smacking the house and then his Nissan Altima.

"It pretty much fell over from our neighbors' yard and landed on top of the house," he said. "When it hit it also bowed down and crushed the trunk of my car."

Although Mr. Hyland and his parents, who also live at the residence, had to spend Tuesday assessing the storm's damage, they were in the minority, according to authorities.

Locally, little damage was reported, and even the 3,500 Augusta-area homes that lost power had it back Tuesday morning, Georgia Power spokeswoman Konswello Monroe said.

According to the National Weather Service, the area around Millen in Jenkins County was the hardest hit, with a tornado reported in that region just after 9 p.m.

"The brunt of the heavy storms were off to the south and west of Augusta, just south of Burke County," said meteorologist Chris Liscinsky, of the service's West Columbia, S.C., office. "In Jenkins (County), several structures were damaged."

Not so in North Augusta and Columbia County.

Capt. Bill Luckey, of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, said that besides the downed tree called in by the Hylands, his department didn't respond to any incidents of storm damage.

In Columbia County, Emergency Management Director Pam Tucker said one person spotted dime-sized hail on Old Belair Road, but no other problems were reported.

Staff writer Donnie Fetter contributed to this report.

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