MORNING UPDATE: South Georgia deluged by heavy rains

In Albany and Dougherty County, EMA Director James Carswell said that parts of Northwest Albany and Dougherty County had received more than four inches of rain overnight and that county public works crews were concerned about water crossing Nelms Road in the western part of the county.

In the city, public works officials are concentrating at this hour on a buildup of water at Shoreham Apartments near Lake Loretta. With more rain expected and the possibility of severe weather, officials are concerned about the effect of extra water to that neighborhood.

Not far from that area, a home on Nottingham Way was struck by lightning which knocked part of a wall out of the home overnight, Carswell said.

In neighboring Terrell County, which by some accounts was said to have received nearly seven inches of rain overnight, no roads were reported to be closed, although deputies were out keeping and eye on low spots and responding to several calls of motorists who had sped off into ditches throughout the county.

In Lee County, where the national weather service has issued a Flood Warning, Sheriff's officials say that roads remain open and accessible, but that low lying areas near the Kinchafoonee Creek are a concern. At least one road was reported to have been closed within the city of Leesburg, although the Herald was unable to make contact with the Leesburg Police Department.

Further south, the NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for several northern Florida counties and Decatur County in Georgia. A tornado has been spotted in extreme North Florida headed towards the Bainbridge area.

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