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Intense cloudburst floods streets
Hail reported in northeast parts of Bulloch
A row of parked vehicles near University Tire & Service on Northside Drive are swamped as drainage pipes fail to keep up with the volume of water during Friday's rainstorm.

After about 30 minutes of intense rainfall Friday afternoon, several Statesboro streets and parking lots were flooded, a tree was uprooted, and some in the northeast side of the county reported nickel-sized hail.

Bulloch County 911 operator Kerri Borgman said local rainfall measured 2.73 inches at the Emergency Operations Center on Highway 301 North, but because strong winds caused the rainfall to blow sideways at times, the amount of rain may be even more.

There was no report from the National Weather Service regarding the squall, but residents in the Middleground community reported hail the size of a nickel, she said.

With daughter Skylar, 7, hanging on for dear life, Stan Akins makes his way across East Main Street through Friday's deluge to the Averitt Center for the Arts for The Little Mermaid camp performance in the Emma Kelly Theater.

There were no reported wrecks, but one driver was stranded in an area near the intersection of Proctor Street and MLK Drive, entrapped by rapidly rising waters. Statesboro city workers temporarily closed that portion of the roadway.

Several other areas in Statesboro were flooded, including the Sav-A-Lot and University Tire parking lots. A tree fell due to the weather in the area of Old Stilson and Joiner roads, and the trail head near Pretoria-Rushing and S&S Railroad roads were also underwater, Borgman said.

There were no reported injuries due to the storm.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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