Black clouds, pouring rain, wind and some hail had Bulloch County public safety officers on alert Monday afternoon, but the only damage reported was a few trees down.
However, there were tornado warnings all across the region with sightings of funnel clouds being reported near Aline in Candler County, and in the Swainsboro area, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
Hail was reported in Hopeulikit, as seen by Bulloch County Sheriff's Deputy Jody Deal.
Metter Emergency Management Agency Director David Moore told Wynn there was dime-sized hail in Candler County as well, and ambulances had to be moved in Emanuel County so the hail falling there would not damage the vehicles, he said.
For more than an hour around 4-5 p.m. Monday, citizens were concerned as local television stations and Facebook status reports from those as well as Statesboro Herald reporters warned of possible tornado sightings, downed trees and severe weather.
Wynn said trees were reported across the roadway near Pleasant Hill Road and U.S. 80 West north of Portal. There were short-lived power outages across the northwest portion of Bulloch County as well, but reports indicated the power was restored quickly after the storms moved on.
The Portal Police Department, volunteer firefighters and other public safety members also reported severe ground-to-sky lightning in some areas. The rain fell in sheets at times, darkening the sky.
There were no reports of serious damage, lengthy power outages or injuries, Wynn said.
Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.