Severe Storms Cause Damage In One Georgia County - SLIDE SHOW

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Echols County, GA - June 14, 2011

At 1555 J.F. Culpepper Road, it was all hands on deck at one storm-ravaged home.

"It's the windiest and wildest thing Ive ever seen," says Slaton Cribb, who was pitching in after Monday night's storm.

His great uncle's roof peeled back and trees split in half on the front lawn.

Cribb adds, "I never seen a tree that big actually twist and break and blow down to the other side of the house."

A severe thunderstorm rolled through this one-mile swath of Echols County just after 7 p.m. Monday.

Gusting winds ripped off an entrance to the Wrights Chapel Fire Station. The storm blew its heavy, metal door 300 feet into a neighbor's yard.

And downed trees lined several people's lawns causing power outages and headaches.

"The limbs and the debris that's blowing around in people's yards, it's going to be a while for them to clean their mess up today with it being very hot," says Louis Culpepper, whose property was affected by the storm.

At 22, Slaton Cribb is reminded of the sanctity of life. His great uncle was out-of-town when the storm struck.

"If somebody would have been home, it was very possible they could have been hurt by busted glass," says Cribb. "I was really happy nobody was injured."

Officials say all power has been restored in Echols County and no injuries were reported.

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Echols County, Georgia - June 14, 2011 -

Pictures of the damage can be found above.

A severe rainstorm caused power outages and damaged property in Echols County. Join us on Eyewitness News to hear from residents cleaning up the damage.


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