Statesboro and the surrounding area were hit by a severe storm Tuesday afternoon that brought several inches of torrential, but much needed, rain and high winds that caused some damage from falling trees. There were no report of injuries.
Yesterday’s storm was the result of the “polar vortex” that struck the southeast and midwest last winter with ice storms that crippled large portions of north Georgia.
Trees were downed in several areas of Bulloch County and one damaged a Ford F-250 when it fell on the truck near the intersection of Highway 80 East and Burkehalter Road. Other downed trees were reported near Portal on the Ben Grady Collins Road between, Cowboy Way and Portal-Metter Highway, Nesmith-Proctor Road, Lakeview Road near Old River Road, Agnes Pond Road, Bragg Chester Road, Portal-Metter Highway near Candler County and Clito Road near Burkehalter Road.
Excelsior Electric Membership Corporation reported 522 customers in Bulloch County lost electric power for a while. Customers in Candler and Evans counties found themselves without power for a while, too.