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Storm knocks down trees, takes out power, spurs tornado warning


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A thunderstorm knocked down trees and took out power, causing wind damage in the Georgia portion of the CSRA and up to six tornadoes in South Carolina.

The National Weather Service is investigating several potential tornado paths from Wednesday’s storm:

  • From Johnston in Edgefield County through Saluda County and into western Lexington County. Law enforcement had spotted this tornado near Highway 23 heading toward Batesburg. On radar, the tornado appeared to dissipate, and emergency crews were sent to the area to look for damage.
  • A path from Elko in Barnwell County to Norway in Orangeburg County.
  • A path from near Wagener in Aiken County to Woodford n Orangeburg County, plus another one starting nearby and extending farther to the northeast.
  • A path along Interstate 20 in Lexington County, plus another one just to the southeast.

Georgia counties were out of the tornado warning by late morning, but flash floods were possible and there was damage after 50 to 60 mph winds were reported.

In Burke County, law enforcement officers believe a tornado touched down near the Richmond County line, although that hasn’t been confirmed with weather experts.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office reported trees down on houses and on power lines.

The agency reported a “path of destruction” from Story Mill Road north across Greiner Circle, Highway 25, McManus Road and over to Highway 56 near the county line.

Deputies said no injuries were reported, and deputies were working with other first responders to clear roads and assess damage.

In Richmond County, a large pine tree fell across the roadway at Joyce Street and Kissingbower Road.

In Augusta, a tree fell across Kissingbower Road.(WRDW)

In Sandersville, photos showed toppled pine trees that were broken off at the trunk, with splintered upper limbs.

Washington County deputies reported damage along Highway 540 between Deepstep Road and Linton Road. A roof was taken off a house, a house had a tree on it and an 18-wheeler rolled over, according to deputies.

“Power lines and trees are down in these areas from the storm,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Please do not try to navigate these areas unnecessarily until these areas can be cleared by emergency personnel.”

Damage was also reported in Jefferson County at Stapleton’s Crossing, and there was wind damage a mile north-northwest of Sandersville.


Power outages

There were some big outages in Augusta that left around 1,600 customers without electricity, according to Georgia Power.

More than 1,110 customers were without power in the Pine Valley neighborhood along Milledgeville Road. Also, about 380 customers were without power in an area around Pendleton King Park.

Georgia Power said 63 customers were without power near Wheeler Heights Baptist Church. And 55 customers were without power just south of Lake Olmstead.

There were several other scattered outages affecting a handful of customers each.

View the Georgia Power outage map at https://outagemap.georgiapower.com.

Jefferson Energy showed about 300 customers without power just south of Hephzibah, plus more than 600 without power just north and west of Louisville.

View the Jefferson Energy outage map at https://outage.jec.coop:83.

There were several other scattered smaller outages.

In Washington County, power was out at T.J. Elder Middle School.

“All students and staff are safe and we are following the school safety plan,” the school district said in a statement. The school day was expected to continue.