By Greg Gullberg
Aug 18, 2013
Echols Co., GA - Torrents of rain and strong winds barraged much of our area Saturday night. And left behind plenty of damage.
Winds up to 55 miles per hour ripped off the entire back end of a work shop next to Vernon Culpepper's house in Statenville, Georgia on J-Frank Culpepper Road at the intersection with Bethel Church Road. And chunks of the roof are spread out as far as across the street.
"The rain got so thick you couldn't see to the road which probably ain't more than about 100 yards outside," said Culpepper. "It tore up everything and tore the power line down."
Culpepper says his home lost power for five hours when the power line went down.
"It took until right at midnight for them to get everything cleared up and get the power back on. And everything is fine now that we have some sunshine but I ain't got no roof," said Culpepper.
Some neighbors got it too. Just down the street a carport was flung clear across the fence. That kind of damage is more than inconvenient, it's costly.
"I don't have any insurance coverage. I was fixing to have some surgery. And I was kind of saving up my coins for that. But now I need something for this," he said.