The winds knocked down numerous trees and power lines, especially in the section of highway between Highway 115 and 254. That section of the road was closed for several hours while power crews cleaned up the lines and road crews cleared the roadway.
White County Emergency Management Agency Director David Murphy set a command post at Chattahoochee Baptist Church. Murphy advised that Duncan Bridge Road is closed to traffic between Highway 115 and 254.
Chattahoochee Baptist Church had minor structural damage and their church van had a window blown out. The roof was blown off storage building next to Leaf Grocery. Some other structural damage in scattered areas of the county.
Murphy, there were no reported injuries.
Officials believe the damage was possibly was caused by a downburst or straight-line winds, but the National Weather Service will make the final determination.
The National Weather Service advises that several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will affect the north and central parts of Georgia through Sunday evening. Forecasters say while the overall severe threat remains low – with respect to coverage and magnitude of severe weather – conditions are still favorable for localized areas of damaging winds, hail up to 1″, heavy rainfall and frequent cloud to ground lightning.