Bulloch County was under a tornado warning for a brief period Tuesday afternoon, but fortunately, no damage was reported.
The Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency issued the warning shortly after 3:30 p.m., which lasted until 3:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued shortly afterward.
Weather Underground indicated that a “vortex signature” was near the Candler/Bulloch county line near Pulaski around that time, and Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said that several sources issued the tornado warning and made contact with the Bulloch County EMA to check on weather conditions because of the possible tornadic activity.
Apparently, the rotation never touched down on land; however, there were tornado warnings in several Georgia counties Tuesday.
Heavy rainfall and lightning rolled across Bulloch County beginning Monday and continuing into Tuesday, and Wynn said “more of the same” can be expected throughout today.
He said that residents in the county reported up to 10 inches of rainfall in some areas, but those numbers have not been confirmed. “We got 2 inches” at the Bulloch County 911 site on Highway 301 North, but “I find that hard to believe” with the way rainfall has affected dirt roads and low areas, he said.
Hightower Road was closed Tuesday due to rain damage, and several other roads were on the verge of closing late Tuesday afternoon. More rainfall was expected throughout the night.
The heavy rainfall caused several automobile accidents in the Statesboro area, but there were no serious injuries, he said.
Wynn warned drivers to avoid driving through water over roadways, especially after dark.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.