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ALBANY -- Severe storms uprooted two large trees in a south Albany neighborhood. EMA officials say there were no reported injuries but four homes have been hit and one communications tower has been impacted.

A number of power and telephone lines are down.

Jim Vaught, assistant director of Emergency Management for Dougherty County, said that four houses were hit by trees and that two families had to seek shelter when the storms rolled through around 2 a.m. today.

"It was mostly a wind event," Vaught said, adding there have been no reports of injuries. "We have four confirmed cases of houses with trees on them."

Two of those houses are near Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. Airport officials no flight operations have been interrupted and that the airport has power.

Across the street, however, power was still out this morning. Vaught said power companies were working to restore power. There were also other pockets of power interruption. At Oglethorpe Boulevard and Loftus Drive in East Albany this morning, traffic lights were out.

Vaught also said that one of the county's communications towers was damaged, but the extent of that damage has not been determined. Communications can be handled by one tower and there was no interruption in that, he said.

UPDATE: Officials in Lee and Worth counties were still doing damage assestments as of 9:45 a.m., but it appeared that there were power lines and trees down throughout the area this morning.

The majority of the damage in Lee County so far appears to be along Hwy 19 north of Leesburg, said Bobby Spencer of the Lee County Fire Department.

Lt. Chad Salter of the Worth County Fire Department said that, in addition to downed power lines and trees, there have also been reports of shelters and chicken houses with major damage.

There have also been reports of houses with damaged roofs throughout the entire county. Almost the entire county felt the impacts of the storm, Salter said.