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Storm leaves thousands without power in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Thousands are withoutpower after strong storms tore through Columbus Friday night.

Several trees were down inthe area. On Cherokee Avenue, alarge tree crashed to the ground taking power lines with it.

A woman who lives in the area says sheheard a huge crash around seven that morning.

She says she and several neighbors ranoutside to see what happened, they found a tree slumped over in the road anddangling power lines.

The large Pine Tree blocks traffic onCherokee Avenue.  Columbus PoliceDepartment was on the scene all day trying to keep traffic moving.  More than 400 homes are still without poweraround Cherokee Avenue.

A large tree was also struck bylightning at BTW Apartments leaving several tenants in the dark. Georgia power says Friday night's stormsleft about 1400 people in Western Georgia without power.  The largest outages occurred in Columbus and Americus.     

Crews were brought in fromAtlanta and neighboring cities to help restore power.  

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