Storms Prompt Warnings, Leave Behind Damage, Flooding
Severe thunderstorms brought blinding rain and vivid lightning to central Georgia Thursday afternoon, leaving behind some damage across the region.
Trees were reported down across several areas in Monroe county, blocking some roads and impacting travel in the area. The Monroe County EMA also reported a jack-knifed tractor trailer on I-75 northbound near the Rumble Road exit. The accident occurred during the peak of the thunderstorms.
Trees and power lines were also downed in Hawkinsville in Pulaski county.
In Jones county, flooding was reported in the Harvey's Grocery Store parking lot in Gray. It's believed that torrential rain combined with poor drainage, which led to the knee-deep water. The high water receded within two hours following the storm's departure.
The storms also left thousands in the dark. Flint Energies reported over 1,500 members without power at the height of the storms. Georgia Power reported less than 100 outages in central Georgia.
According to Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox, the region's storm chances will fade Thursday evening but will return Friday and Saturday, with a risk of severe weather possible. Drier weather is expected for Sunday and Monday.