Wiregrass Storm Damage

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

At approximately 2:30 Friday afternoon, residents of Rehobeth got an unexpected visitor.

“We thought a thunderstorm, you know, or rain, maybe a little hail. We did not know it was coming. It was a surprise. Our back fence is down, the house was hit on the side, and we do have some water damage in the living room,” said Glenda Powell, a Rehobeth resident.

Officials said the powerful winds killed one local man. He was helping Farley Plant employees set up for a family picnic tomorrow. The winds blew over a tent, which struck him in the head, and killed him.

“Weather came up, a tent was blown over. The individual was hit by the tent, by a part of the tent, and he ended up dying from his injuries,” explained Sheriff Andy Hughes of Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

The storm ripped down trees, power lines, and fences. Luckily, no homes were destroyed.

“Several lines down, poles are broke, some roads were impassable,” said Time Warner Cable employee, Don Baker.

Wiregrass Electric is aiming to restore power for everyone by the end of the night.

“We've had approximately 10 broken poles that we will have to replace and we’re looking at that maybe being as late as 10, 11:00 at night before power is restored,” said Brad Kimbro, from Wiregrass Electric Cooperative.

Drivers are urged to slow down and move over for utility crews.

“These guys are out in dangerous and treacherous conditions,” said Kimbro.

And one fatality, is one too many.

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