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Severe thunderstorm causes problems across Bulloch

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Posted: September 13, 2007 5:48 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    Power outages caused by a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon rendered several traffic lights useless, and Statesboro Police were busy directing traffic at intersections and checking out false alarms, said Ted Wynn, Bulloch County's public safety director.
    But there were no reports of trees down or hail, he said. National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Rowley said a severe thunderstorm Thursday was expected to be worse than it turned out in the Bulloch County area. Wynn said the hail and stronger winds bypassed the county.
    Rowley, however, said severe weather may return today.
    "The atmosphere is conducive to slow-moving thunderstorms," he said. "There is enough moisture in  the air to  make it really favorable for afternoon, evening type thunderstorms to develop."
    The weather Thursday and today isn't part of Hurricane Humberto, but "a stalled front lying very close to the (Southeast Georgia) area" may move into the region because of the Gulf Coast storm, he said.
    Scattered and slow-moving thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Heavy rainfall could be possible, and even more threatening weather could occur, as is the nature of severe thunderstorms, he said.
    But a strong cold front coming next week will push away the moisture and bring cooler temperatures and drier air, he said.
    Temperatures have been in the upper 90's lately, but the cold front will herald the Fall as temperatures drop to the low to mid 80's, he said.
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