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Morning Storm Damages Buildings In White County

5/11/19

(Cleveland)- A line of early morning thunderstorms spawned some strong winds that resulted in widespread damage in the Leaf Community east of Cleveland as well as other sections of the county. 

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.  

White County Public Safety drone picture damage to some chicken houses
White County Public Safety drone assessment of damage
Damage assessment board at the command post
David Murphy at damage assessment command post set up at Chattahoochee Baptist Church
Duncan Bridge Road next to Chattahoochee Baptist Church
U-Haul road sign damaged
White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner (L) discuss damage areas in the county with White County EMA Director David Murphy
Side window blown out on Chattahoochee Baptist Church van
Georgia State Patrol directs traffic at intersection Duncan Bridge Road and Highway 115
Van storage building at Chattahoochee Baptist Church
Metal roof damage at storage building next to Leaf Grocery.
White County Emergency Medical Services captured this image of a broken power pole on Duncan Bridge Road (Ga. 384) between Ga. 115 and Ga. 254. -accesswdun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. This type of damage is all over North Georgia. Hardwoods now have leaves so they too are easy for wind to bring down. Tin roofs have a long history of being made a big mess from a little wind as nail heads are all that holds them to a frame. Several dozens of roads were blocked in Lumpkin, Dawson, Pickens and Gilmer counties. Welcome to Spring time in Georgia.

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