STORM WREAKS HAVOC

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By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor

Two back to back severe storms, replete with high winds, thunder, lightning and heavy hail, invaded Morgan County between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 3, knocking down trees and power lines in Buckhead. A fallen tree on I-20 caused a single car wreck, which resulted in minor injuries for the driver. A barn on Parks Mill Road in Buckhead also collapsed as a result of the storm.

Gwen Ruark, director for the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), dispatched three Morgan County Fire Department teams to handle, the fallen trees and power lines, and car wreck. “They do a terrific job,,” said Ruark. “I cannot say enough about the volunteers in the fire department, they do an outstanding job.“ According to Ruark, most of the fallen trees and power lines on county roads were limited to Parks Mill Road in Buckhead and I-20. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) also sent work crews to handle fallen trees and power lines on state roads in Morgan, Greene, Newton, Putnam and Walton counties. “They all got hit with it, too,” said Ruark.

While no official reports of property damage or other injuries were made to the EMA, citizens have shared pictures and stories of broken windows and other damage as the result of the hailstorm. Ruark encouraged citizen to take safety precautions during severe weather, especially while driving. “I would advise people to pull over, use your flashers and wait the storm out. If you can’t see, you wont be able to tell if the road is flooded or if the road is clear in time. Pull over in a safe location and wait it out,” said Ruark. Ruark also stressed that citizen should sign up for the county’s free severe weather alert service.

“I would like to remind citizens to go on the Morgan County website, (morganga.org) and, if they haven’t already done so, register for the Nixle or Code Red alerts. They are both free services and when severe weather hits our county, they will get alerts on their cell phones to let them know where we have weather moving in and where we are situated with it,” said Ruark.

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