COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thunderstorms battered the Chattahoochee Valley for much of the afternoon, taking down trees and power lines and leaving thousands without power.
Lightning strikes also caused a Harris County house to go up in flames, and we talked to residents who were on the scene after the storms.
A 91-year-old resident is still in good spirits after she had to be rescued from a fire at her home.
"I talked to her and she told me 10 times what happened," said Butch Reese, the homeowner's son.
She said she heard a big clap of thunder and suddenly saw smoke coming from her freezer on the back porch. She said she had nowhere to go but the basement.
"When we arrived we found the house totally involved," said Chief Battalion Officer Bobby Dutton.
It took four of her neighbors kicking in her basement door to free her from the fire.
"It's tragic that after 71 years she lost everything she owned."
The wife of another Columbus resident was home when trees began to damage their home.
"She said she heard the roof being ripped off," said resident Scott Kane.
Kane's wife and her daughter quickly moved to a bathroom in the middle of the house. She said she heard no sirens or warnings when the storm hit, she just knew she needed to go to safe area.