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Severe weather rakes area
Funnels spotted, but damage limited locally
W storm pic
In this screen grab from video, a lightning bolt flashes in front of what appears to be a possible funnel cloud or tornado looking north from the Statesboro Herald on Procter Street. - photo by EDDIE LEDBETTER/staff

Despite two tornado warnings and several apparent funnel cloud sightings around Bulloch County Wednesday evening, the only damage reported were some downed trees.

Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said several people reported seeing funnel clouds, but apparently none of them “touched down.” Statesboro Herald Assistant Editor Eddie Ledbetter captured video of a possible funnel cloud swirling in a green-tinted sky over northern Statesboro Wednesday evening. The video can be seen here on the Herald's website.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison News (, the sky appears green before hail-producing storms and often tornadoes because of atmospheric conditions concerning deep rain clouds and the way sunlight illuminates them.

Ledbetter took the video from the Statesboro Herald parking lot around 5:20 p.m., during a tornado warning that lasted until 5:30 p.m.

Other funnel clouds were photographed and recorded in the Register and Swainsboro areas.

Another tornado warning was issued less than an hour later and lasted until 7:15 p.m., Wynn said.

Some areas reported heavy rainfall, frequent lightning strikes and hail, but the only damages reported Wednesday evening were downed trees on Red Fern Lane, Garfield Street, W.C. Hodges Road, Maria Sorrell Road, Randy Lowery Road and Harville Road, he said.

“We were very fortunate, very blessed,” Wynn said.

Tornado warnings were issued for areas all around southeast Georgia Wednesday evening, including Swainsboro, Lyons and Vidalia.

Wynn said that while storms were expected throughout the night into Thursday morning, he believed the worst had passed by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

However, there is a wind advisory for Thursday, with expected gusts up to 40 mph, he said. The wind will continue Friday, bringing in a cold front with lows in the 40s and highs in the upper 60s, he said.


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