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Cleanup continues around Lake George
A Lake George residents walks back into her home after looking at damage Saturday evening. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine
Cleanup in the Lake George area continued into Sunday afternoon after a storm swept through the Eastern portion of Liberty Count Saturday night, toppling trees and damaging homes.
The storm, which produced gust of winds up to 80 mph, swept through the Lake George, Woodland Lakes and Seabrook Island communities north of Midway, off Highway 17.
The storm has been described to be a micro burst according to Liberty County-Hinesville EMA Interim Director David McIntosh.
“A very short piece of sever weather came through, we may have gotten a micro burst I’m not sure yet whether a tornado touched down were investigating that," he said.
According to McIntosh two people were injured in the storm one was taken to a local area hospital and the other was treated on the scene.
Beverly Gorden witnessed a tree toppling onto a neighbor’s home on Cornfield Ave.
"I watched as the top of the tree began to twist and turn and then fall on top of the house across the street."
Gorden said the area had also been blanketed with large pieces of hale.
Pam LaFountain with the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross was surveying the damage along with Lake George Assistant Fire Chief Samantha Ashdown on Sunday morning.
"Right now we have four families that needed to be relocated because their home had been condemned on the spot. We estimate about 40 homes sustained some type of damage."
Thomas Peacock who lives in the 500 block of Lake Drive stood and looked at what remained of his carport which toppled onto his two vehicles after an oak tree clipped the corner of his home and crashed onto the carport.
"It looks as if one car is a total loss," he said.
In addition to his cars being damaged a recreational vehicle parked near the carport also sustained damage to its side.
Peacock and his family were camping in Baxley at the time of the storm when a neighbor called him to report what happened to the carport. As the family was returning their vehicle was broadsided by a deer and they delayed as they waited for police to file a report in that accident.
Sheriff Don Martin said the area was quiet and there was no report of break-ins.
"I had extra deputies patrol the hardest hit areas and we have no reports of any problems.
The heaviest hit area was the 100 block of Lake Drive where a tree fell on a home and also blocked road due to debris and fallen trees and power lines.
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