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Fierce winds caused widespread damage in Bulloch
Local storm damage for web
Local storm damage - photo by SPECIAL PHOTO
Wild winds blustered through the area Sunday following some much-needed rain the night before. While the precipitation was welcomed, the winds caused a few minor problems.
    Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said workers reported to 22 locations across the county from Portal to Stilson to clear up trees and limbs that fell due to the wind.
    "Crews were out all day," he said. "The damage, while not severe, was widespread. No specific location was worse than any other."
    He called a Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesman to ask about reports of a tornado in the Twin City area, but the GEMA spokesman said those reports were unconfirmed.
    There was some damage in the areas of Twin City and Adrian, however, Wynn said. "He (the GEMA spokesman) said there were definitely strong winds, and one person was injured in Dodge County."
    As expected, crews with Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation and Georgia Power were out Sunday repairing downed lines and removing limbs and trees.
    Damage was "scattered all around," said Excelsior EMC spokesman Greg Proctor. "We had a fair amount in Twin City, Midville and Stillmore - there were circuits out there."
    There were no long-term outages, he said.
    Georgia Power spokesman Consuela Monroe said 314 Georgia Power customers were affected by power outages in the Statesboro area because of downed lines due to trees or limbs. The outages were not extensive, she said.
    Frontier Communications reported minor wind damage to some lines and equipment but no loss of service, said spokesman Karen Miller.
    Bulloch Telephone had an odd experience suspected to be connected to the weather, however.
    A number of residents in the Brooklet area found themselves without phone service Sunday.
    "What happened, we haven't been able to determine yet," said Bulloch Telephone office manager Cecile Boulineau. "The power outage in Brooklet  affected the box of fiber optic equipment" and interrupted service, she said.
    "It was a very unique thing," she said. A generator, tested weekly, is supposed to kick on in the event of a power outage, but it did not. "We've had some weird things happen," she said.
    The phone company was still working Monday to manually reconnect service and restore it " as quickly and efficiently as possible," she said.
    Bulloch County extension agents Pat Todd and Wes Harris were not immediately available for comment Monday regarding how the rainfall affected local crops. Todd said last week, after an unseasonably cold snap, that most area crops had a chance of recovering from the freeze damage if temperatures rose and rainfall arrived.
    Wynn said he heard reports of two to four inches of rain throughout Bulloch County Sunday.
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