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Severe storms Monday cause damage

    It was a wild evening in Bulloch County Monday night as two separate storm cells plowed through the area, downing trees and power lines and even sending a tree limb through a car's wind shield.
    Bulloch County was under a severe thunderstorm warning from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
    The first thunderstorm brought wind, lightning and heavy showers from the Screven County area into Brooklet, Statesboro and areas north of Statesboro, he said. The second storm came from the west and carried much of the same - cloud to ground lighting, strong winds and plenty of rainfall.
    A man was injured when a limb came through his windshield on Lakeview Road near Deerfield Subdivision, Wynn said. The man, who was not identified, was transported by EMS to the hospital for treatment for injuries, but they were not severe, he said.
    Toppled trees and downed power lines were found throughout the county, temporarily blocking the following roads: Lakeview near Georgian Walk; Old River Road South near Ga. 119: John B. Lanier Road, Langston Chapel Road near Lanier Road: Statesboro Airport Road; Bowen Road near Lake Collins Road; U.S. 80 West between Portal and the Emanuel County line; B. J. Clifton Road; Vista Circle; South College at West Main Street; and Georgia Avenue at Lanier Drive.
    Although the winds ripped many limbs from trees and trees - as well as a few utility poles - from the ground, there were no reports of tornadoes, Wynn said.
    "There was nothing from the National Weather Service about tornadoes," he said. "But there were some strong downbursts for sure."
     Bulloch Central 911 operators fielded "a number of calls related to wind damage and trees," he said. And a Caribe Court resident reported a tree crashed through a roof into a bedroom, according to Statesboro Police reports.
    Bulloch County publics works crews, workers from the Bulloch County Correctional Institute, volunteer firefighters, Statesboro Police and Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies were out after the storms Monday clearing debris and checking for damage, he said.
    The National Weather Service predicted more thunderstorms possible this weekend, with temperatures in the high 90's. Temperatures today for the Statesboro area are expected to reach 100 degrees, with a heat index of 105; Thursday's temperatures are expected to be a bit hotter, with the actual temperature predicted to be 101 degrees with a heat index that could reach 11 degrees.

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