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County hit by strong winds, rain
Storms canceled Christmas festival and downed powerlines, trees
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Tedd Wynn - photo by FILE
    The sun shone brightly from clear blue skies Thursday afternoon, but wild weather earlier in the day prompted cancellation of downtown Christmas activities, downed trees and power lines and soaked the area.
    Brooklet was without power for about an hour, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.  Traffic lights throughout the city of Statesboro were also out, likely because of power lines touching, he said. Downed power lines at Jones Mill Road could have been why Brooklet was without electricity, he said.
    Trees were down at Bird Road and Lanier Drive; Westside Road at Fred Blitch Road; Ga. 24 past Mill Creek Park; Old River Road and Sinkhole Road, he said.
    A home on Sinkhole Road near Anderson Road lost some roofing material, but no injuries or other major damage was reported, he said.
    Isolated incidents of trees downed were found elsewhere in the county, including Colfax Road West, according to reports received at the Statesboro Herald.
    The storm swept through the county quickly, preceded by clouds early in the morning that dissipated after the storm passed. The brief but violent storm dropped heavy rains in some parts of the county before blowing through.
    “It was a fast-moving system,” Wynn said. “It went through about 55 miles per hour, and couple that with the wind, you could have some pretty good gusts.”
    One accident was attributed to the storm, he said. An accident on Youngblood Road resulted in EMS transporting a victim to the hospital for treatment, he said.

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