‘It sounded like a freight train’: Thomasville resident recalls severe weather in morning aftermath

Residents in Thomasville woke up Thursday morning to a neighborhood they didn’t recognize, following severe weather overnight.
Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 10:23 AM EDT
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THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) - Residents in Thomasville woke up Thursday morning to a neighborhood they didn’t recognize, following severe weather overnight.

Some recalled hearing their weather alerts go off close to midnight as the storm passed through. Meanwhile, other homeowners like Julia Singletary say they’ll never forget the sound outside her front door.

“It sounded like a freight train, it was terrifying,” she said.

For 35 years Singletary has lived off of South Pinetree Boulevard, and she shared she’s never experienced anything like this storm. Thomasville response crews worked well into the evening, lifting powerlines and removing debris from the road in her neighborhood.

“I mean it came straight down Evergreen, through this neighborhood across the golf course and through the other side of town. It was terrifying,” she shared.

The south side of Thomasville was just one community affected by the storm, but according to Thomas County Emergency Management Director Chris Jones, there were several streets flooded and a tornado warning just outside of the city on the county line.

Jones says having weather alerts on your phone or other mobile devices is very important, and can even be a lifesaver. He said it’s a message emergency management is constantly trying to spread to more and more people in the community.

Despite the downed trees and even some without power, officials say there were no injuries reported and for that, Singletary says she’s thankful.

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