Wednesday night storm brought heavy rain, weather alerts




Severe weather swept through North Florida snapping trees and knocking out power to residents across the area.

The storm system which may have generated a tornado hit Gadsden County and the surrounding areas shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to local law enforcement.

Gadsden County Public Works crews were dispatched around 6:35 PM Wednesday night of several downed trees covering Hardaway Highway in Gretna.

Crews in Gadsden County have cleared the highway for traffic but say, debris may still be scattered across some roadways and to drive with caution.

In Southwest Georgia, a tornado warning was issued from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Wednesday for Decatur County, but there were no reports of a tornado touching down, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A tornado watch followed for 12 SW Georgia counties until 9 p.m. Last night, with heavy rain and gusting winds reported throughout the region.

Decatur County Public Works recorded 2.1 inches of rain as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. One Decatur County farmer reported 5.5 inches of rain. Much of the heavier rainfaill was along a line starting at Crawfordville, Fla., and extending northeast into Georgia and SE Alabama.

The following roads were significantly affected:

Part of Rich Road is closed on Thursday morning

Bethel Road and Bethel Lane have water over the roadway. They are not closed but have caution signs in place.

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