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Storms lighter than expected
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The heavy storms that were predicted to blow through Hinesville and other inland areas of coastal Georgia on Wednesday didn’t quite live up to the hype.
Liberty County schools sent buses off 10 minutes early in the afternoon, in anticipation of heavy rains, high winds and possible tornado activity, but in the end, Hinesville appeared only to experience infrequent heavy downpours.
Forestry Commission Chief Ranger Jeff Stone said rainfall totals recorded through Thursday morning showed 1.26 inches for the area, though Gum Branch reported as much as two inches of rain last night. “We have seen [similar storms] drop three inches or more,” he said.
The Charleston office of the National Weather Service issued three severe storm warnings and one tornado warning for Liberty and Tattnall counties, meteorologist Douglas Berry said. “We only had one report of a down tree, and that was near Mendes,” he said. The tree fell near the intersection of Love’s Chapel and Peggy Garrison roads.
Today’s forecast brings back the possibility of rain in the afternoon, though it isn’t expected to reach Wednesday’s levels.

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