Lee County Public Works Department moves debris from Armena Road near the Terrell County line Friday.
BRONWOOD, Ga. — High winds attached a strong thunderstorms moved through the area beginning early Friday morning and continuing on into the night, downing trees and inundating parts of the region with rain.
Just north of Albany near the Lee/Terrell County line, trees were snapped, blocking driveways and causing a mess for homeowners throughout the region.
In Bronwood, crews were out removing trees from roadways and cutting fallen limbs off power lines. Volunteers are being sought to help clean up the debris from yards of the elderly in the area who had damage.
Along Armena Road and Oakland Road in Lee County, remnants of trees dotted the landscape as Lee County Public Works used heavy equipment to move debris from around roads.
Jim Vaught, the deputy Emergency Management Agency director for Dougherty County, said that there were no reports of major damage in Dougherty County, but there likely were a number of trees and limbs that were snapped by the storm that didn’t get reported.
“It was a strong system,” Vaught said. “But, depending on where you were, you got varying amounts of wind and rain and lightning.”
As the sun rose across the area, work crews had a chance to clean up some of the debris before a second round of afternoon thunderstorms moved through the area.
In Worth County, E-911 reported standing water over Massey Airport Road and Elmer Road. Strong cells moving over Tift County prompted Sheriff Gene Scarborough to issue a warning to residents via Facebook to use caution when driving and to stay indoors if possible.
Still, with Friday’s storms there were no reports of injuries and no significant damage to homes in the area.
With the rain Friday, the total rain amount for the year in Albany has surpassed the rain total for the entire year of 2012. According to AWIS, the Agricultural Weather Information Service, the rain gauge at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport received a total of 31.87 inches of rain in 2012. As of 5:15 p.m. Friday, the gauge had measured 33.03 inches of rain this year.