Se­vere storms

None in­jured when fierce winds strike New­born

The Covington News - - Front page - By Tharon Gid­dens tgid­dens@cov­news.com

Mas­sive oaks blocked Ge­or­gia High­way 142 in New­born on Thurs­day af­ter a pow­er­ful line of storms swept through New­ton County about 1 a.m.

“We got hit hard, but no­body was hurt,” Mayor Roger Sheri­dan said.

The wind up­rooted some trees and twisted tops from oth­ers as the mas­sive storm sys­tem that blasted the South moved through the county early to­day. The storm also took the roof from New­born City Hall.

Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion crews worked into the day Thurs­day to clear High­way 142, and util­ity crews worked to re­store ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve got a lot of crews work­ing,” Sheri­dan said.

The mayor said that one woman had a close call as a tree crashed into her home over her bed­room. When she sat up, the limb touched her head.

“No­body was hurt, That’s the main thing,” Sheri­dan said.

Sev­eral res­i­dents re­ported they scram­bled for cover at the ap­proach of the storm.

“We heard it and ran for cover,” said Kristi Hallav, a New­born res­i­dent whose house was un­dam­aged but whose prop­erty was lit­tered with de­bris and downed trees. Her dogs and dog­houses were not struck by trees as they fell, and her car sus­tained a hood dent and was blocked by trees felled by the wind.

The storm blew through in 90 sec­onds.

“We had enough time to dive into the hall­way,” she said. ““It’s go­ing to be a mess to clean up.”

Next door, Gene Downs was as­sess­ing dam­age on his prop­erty. His house, which was built in 1897, had a hole punched in the roof, but was other­wise un­dam­aged. He was go­ing nowhere, though, for a few days be­cause of the pines that blocked the drive­way.

Downs noted an up­side to the storm: “I was go­ing to trim my crape myr­tles. I won't have to, now.”

Tharon Gid­dens/The Cov­ing­ton News

Storm warn­ing: Sev­eral trees were downed dur­ing the 90 sec­ond in­tense winds that wrecked New­born Thurs­day morn­ing.

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