Friday the 13th was rather uneventful in Statesboro, until a brief but violent storm battered the area and left behind a trail of downed trees, tangled utility lines and alarms going off at several businesses.
The storm caused a few accidents, disrupted traffic signal service and dropped a few trees and limbs on homes around town, according to information overheard as it was reported over a scanner.
Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said the National Weather Service never issued a tornado watch or warning, but a Bulloch County resident posted a video on Facebook Friday night showing a distinct funnel cloud whirling almost horizontally over the Clito area.
The storm dropped marble-sized hail on some areas, and there were 38 calls to Bulloch County Central 911 after the storm swept through, he said.
Two accidents were attributed to the storm, he said. Central 911 dispatchers routed officers and work crews to areas including Packinghouse Road, Granade Street, Harden and Niver roads, Park Avenue, and Gentilly Drive. Debris and scaffolding from the First Baptist Church construction blocked a portion of a road off of North Main Street. Other reports included traffic lights around town acting up, hail and trees down on Miller Street Extension, and similar reports of hail in Brooklet and around the Berkshire subdivision.
The National Weather Service reports more storms were possible Saturday.
Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.