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Hermine crashes trees, power lines
Weakened storm spares area greater damage
W 090216 STORM 04
Above, Greg Lewis of Lewis Tree & Stump, center, helps Frank Parker take stock of a downed oak tree at a house that Parker owns and rents on Miller Street just off West Parish Street Friday as Statesboro and Bulloch County residents deal with the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine. The tree took out power lines to the house, which was narrowly missed in the fall.
Even though Tropical Storm Hermine weakened and its center passed a little to the east, county and city crews were left clearing downed trees from roadways Friday while power companies worked to restore outages affecting about 3,000 Bulloch County homes and businesses. Briefly a hurricane, with 80 mph winds when approaching the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico, Hermine quickly weakened after making landfall about 1:30 a.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center reported. But combined with rain, winds half of Hermine’s earlier speeds were enough to inflict minor mayhem here.
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