Torrential rain, large hail and damaging winds left behind a path of damage in some parts of the region.
Rain and hail pummeled the ground in downtown Macon Tuesday afternoon, just after 3:30 p.m. You could describe the rain as torrential. It flooded several downtown streets and the high winds downed trees in Central City Park and significantly damaged several structures around the baseball fields as well.
But just how common are these quick little storms that pop up, do major damage and then disappear? For the answer I went to our own Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox.
According to Jeff, "This time of year it becomes more typical than the mid summer where you just have a pop up storm of two in the afternoon. This time of year is typically our second severe weather season. There are cold fronts coming through, air masses clashing and that's what happened today. A ton of humidity available and a little bit of a cold front fired up the storms this afternoon and they went away as quick as they fired up this afternoon."
Jeff says that despite the massive tree and roof damage downtown, there were no tornadoes confirmed, and in fact, there was little if any rotation in these storms. The damage is the result of straight line winds in excess of 60 to 70 miles per hour.
According to Jeff, "They were just strong wing and hail makers." There were reports of large hail all over Bibb County as well as Hancock County. And despite the strength of the winds and the amount of rain and hail we received, thus far we've, had no reports of injuries directly related to the storm.