Weather warnings wake up Southwest Georgians, only minor damage reported in Decatur County

Even though there were several watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service, Decatur County was relatively undamaged by Monday’s storm.

Decatur County Public Works said it cleared three trees that fell onto roadways: two on Booster Club Road in the southwestern corner of Decatur County, and another near the intersection of Sykes Mill Road and Bert Phillips Road near Climax. No county-maintained roads had to be closed after the storm.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist Public Works with the fallen tree in Climax. There was also a morning wreck caused by wet road conditions that happened on Georgia Highway 309 South near Fowlstown, Sheriff Wiley Griffin said. The sheriff said it was a one-car accident with only minor injuries.

Sheriff Griffin said emergency responders in Decatur County were up early in advance of the storm.

“Around 4:30 a.m. I received a message from Decatur-Grady 911 saying to be prepared for tornado warnings, and not long after that the weather alerts started sounding,” Sheriff Griffin said.

Multiple tornado warnings were issued for an area including Decatur, Grady and Seminole counties between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday, however there was no reported damage.

Officially, 1.37 inches of rain fell on Decatur County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which maintains a water gauge on the Flint River bridge in Bainbridge. Nearly an inch of that rain fell between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. There was also a brief downpour shortly after 10 a.m. in Bainbridge.

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