Thunderstorms hit parts of Alabama and Georgia

Thunderstorms hit parts of Alabama and Georgia

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee Valley and outlining areas were hit with thunderstorms throughout Saturday night, June 7, until early Sunday morning, June 8.

The storm some residents in the valley saw was part of a series of thunderstorms that passed through the mid-South Saturday night, and it trickled down to the valley. There were several reports of downed trees and power outages in parts of Alabama and Georgia.

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado touched down in Troup County, Ga. overnight, and a survey team said the storm was an EF1 with winds about 95 miles per hour.

Sumter County and Upton County in Georgia, as well as Randolph County and Tallapoosa County in Alabama, were under a severe thunderstorm warning Saturday night.

Although Muscogee County and its surrounding areas were not under a warning, the aftermath of the intense thunderstorm could be seen throughout the area with downed trees on the corner of 35th St. and 11th Ave. in Columbus.

Phenix City resident, Jeffrey Stolpa, also said the storm woke him up at night.

"I knew something was going on," Stolpa said. "I didn't realize that the tree on my front yard had come down until I came out this morning to pick up the newspaper. The tree didn't end up damaging anything, but we're going to see how much it's going to take us to get this tree taken care of."

News Leader 9 reached out to Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency director Joe Paul Boone to see how the storm impacted the area.

"We were working with our local Sheriff's department and police department all night," Boone said. "We know we had trees that broke and power outages were a problem. We were under a warning since 9:00 Saturday night. The storm actually came to our county around 11:30 p.m. and we were under a warning until 12:45 a.m."

Boone said no one was injured and no property damages were reported.

"Weather service advised us that we might experience winds from 45 to 0 miles an hour," Boone said. "The wind was strong and there was frequent lightning. But we cleared the roads and we were able to restore power by this afternoon. We are fortunate that we didn't have any reports of injuries or homes being damaged."

Donnie Knight, Randolph County's EMA director also said there were no reports of injuries or house damages.

"We had a total of four trees that blocked our county roads," Knight said. "But we took care of that problem, and the police chief told me this morning that all the power had come back on. The storm came to our area around midnight, but it passed us real fast. It was gone by 2 a.m. I'm thankful no serious damages were caused in the area."

Experts say it's important for people to call their power providers and stay inside to wait for them when residents see their power lines are down to avoid getting electrocuted.

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