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Storms drench Bulloch, hail reported
Heavy rains cause accidents, no major damage reported
Dark storm clouds roll through downtown Statesboro Wednesday afternoon. The severe storms produced little damage, but dropped hail on portions of the southern part of Bulloch County. Emergency personnel also reported a spate of accidents throughout the county, partly due to heavy amounts of rainfall.

In less than an hour Wednesday afternoon, some parts of Bulloch County were drenched with up to two inches of rain.

Some area residents reported hail as well, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. There was minor flooding in some areas, including Kyle Sorrell Road and Pulaski Highway.

Emergency responders were dispatched to at least five wrecks in a short period, likely caused by the storm, he said.  However, no one had reported damage due to the storm as of early Wednesday evening.

Wynn said areas around Maria Sorrell Road near Clito experienced about two inches of hard rain in about 55 minutes, while rain gauges at the Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency/911 office measured 1.7 inches.

Register and Stilson area residents reported hail, marble-sized and ping pong-sized, but National Weather Service meteorologist Ron Morales, with the Charleston bureau, said they were not able to conform reports of hail the size of ping pong balls.

The downpour “came all at once,” Wynn said. Although the weather was briefly rough, the rainfall “came at a good time” for area farmers concerned over the recent dry spell.

Weather for today is expected to be similar, with a slightly lower chance of storms, but those storms could produce hail and heavy rain, Morales said. A low-pressure system moving over the area is the reason for the volatile weather as the front encounters moisture and instability on the eastern side, he said.

The system doesn’t have a lot of wind, which is why clouds build and dump large amounts of rain over a centralized area, but some of the sudden storms can produce strong wind gusts, he said.

Friday will bring a slightly lesser chance of thunderstorms, but another weaker system following the path of the current one could bring continued rainfall through early next week, Morales said.

Temperatures for the Bulloch County region are expected to be in the upper 60’s to lower and mid 80’s, he said.


Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-8414.





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