A line of severe thunderstorms that moved through the area Friday evening left downed trees and power lines around Bulloch and surrounding counties, but accounted for no known injuries, according to Bulloch County 911 Director Kelly Barnard.
The storms, which rolled through the area around 7 p.m., brought brief but heavy rains, strong winds and vivid lightning to the area.
Barnard said trees were reported down on roadways in many areas, including four on Cypress Lake Road alone. One had fallen just north of Veterans Memorial Bypass near Harris Road, bringing down power lines with it, leaving the roadway blocked until at least 9 p.m. Another tree was across the road near Coley Boyd Road, while another blocked traffic near about two miles south of Register. A large tree also temporarily blocked Cypress Lake Road near Irongate Subdivision.
On Highway 301 S., a tree was reported down south of Highway 46 and one had fallen on Highway 67 near the Bryan County line and another near Emit. There were also reports of trees down on Rushing Road, Olde Town Road, S. Old River Road and Railroad Bed Road near the walking path. Trees were also down on Sinkhole Road near Tillman Pond and Highway 46. Another was reported on Brooklet-Denmark Road.
Many of the traffic lights on Veterans Memorial Parkway were knocked out of commission, prompting Statesboro police and Bulloch County deputies to man the intersections to direct traffic.
Candler County also saw heavy damage from the storms. Barnard said there were four reports of trees down on houses; one on S. Leroy Street, one on S. Williams Street, another on Jones Street and one on Back Street, just off of Pulaski Road.
Several roads were also closed in Candler, due to downed trees, including Salem Church Road, Wacmac Road, Hiawatha Street, Central Avenue, Eden Church Road and Rosemary Church Road.
More storms were expected to hit the area later Friday night.