Central Georgia rocked by severe storms, likely tornadoes; woman killed near Savannah

ATLANTA — While North Georgia saw a lot of heavy rain from Tuesday’s storms, Central Georgia caught the brunt of the severe weather.

Channel 2′s Justin Carter saw the extensive damage in Houston County around the Bonaire area. He spoke with residents who witnessed the destruction first-hand.

" It felt like the house was shaking. I was in the bathroom holding on to the door. I was like oh my god. Lord please stop. Because I could feel it,” Jocelyn Walker said.

Walker said the heavy rains started kicking up and she could hear the trees snapping outside of her home.

“I had got to about four houses down, the first of about 50 trees were blocking the roadway .. so I had to climb over all the trees to get here,” Walker said.

On Facebook, the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said there were “multiple emergency crews are working in the area of Statham’s Landing and Old Hawkinsville Road due to downed trees and power lines.”

Multiple emergency crews are working in the area of Statham's Landing and Old Hawkinsville Road due to downed trees and power lines. Please avoid these areas until further notice.

Posted by Houston County Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Houston County Fire Chief and EMA Director Chris Stoner told the Macon Telegraph that he’s fairly certain a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m pretty positive we had a tornado touch down,” Stoner said. “We’ve got pretty extensive tree damage and damage to a lot of residential structures on the fairways. We have cleared all the homes and verified no entrapments and no injuries so far.”

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Stoner told the paper that there were power lines on the ground as well as extensive tree damage in the area and they are working to assess the damage before nightfall.

Tuesday’s storms killed at least one person near the Georgia coast.

ABC News confirmed with Bryan County Coroner Bill Cox that one person was killed in the town of Pembroke, GA today as a possible tornado went through the area. The victim is a woman who was found outside of a leveled mobile home

In Crawford County, WGXA-TV reporter Victoria De Cardenas tweeted photos after a massive tree that fell on a home there.


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