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Two injured as storm blows through
Damage isolated in Lake George area
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Two oaks fell in front of Keith Cobb's home, thankfully away from the home. Down Lake No-No Road a few doors a tree fell on the back side of a residence, where no one was available to interview Sunday about 10 a.m. - photo by Photo by Pat Watkins
Two people were injured, homes were damaged and lots of trees were downed when heavy weather blew through the area Saturday evening.
“It happened quick, real quick,” David McIntosh, interim director of the Liberty-Hinesville Emergency Management Agency, said Sunday morning.
He and about 10 volunteers with the American Red Cross and area fire departments had set up a command center at the Lake George Fire Department and were canvass area residents to assess the damage.
Most of the damage appeared to be in the northeast part of the county; the Lake George-Woodland Lakes-Seabrook Island subdivision area.
McIntosh said there were also reports of trees down, causing damage on the Isle of Wight and off Highway 196 east.
The names and extent of the injuries to the two people were not available.
Much of the damage was reported along Lake No-No Road, between Woodland Lakes and Seabrook Island.
Resident Keith Cobb was out with his father, Larry Cobb, and cousin, Eric Gaustad, Sunday morning cutting up two large oaks that had fallen in the front yard of his Lake No-No Road home.
“I didn’t hear these fall, no. The wind was howling so bad. That and the hail made a racket,” Keith Cobb said.
The trio had planned to install an irrigation system in the yard Sunday, but instead switched plans to clearing the fallen trees.
The sound of chainsaws was all over the area Sunday as residents cleaned up.
Saturday evening, McIntosh estimated 17 homes were damaged.
Sunday he said the National Weather Service had not confirmed any tornadoes in the area, that the damage had been caused by straight-line winds or “micro-bursts.”
“I did have one person say he saw a tornado cloud, but we can’t confirm any damage from that,” he said.
Electricity throughout the area was knocked out, but Coastal Electric Cooperative linemen had power back on to most residences by Sunday morning.
McIntosh said the storm blew through just after 6 p.m. Saturday and that he and as many as 30 volunteers were in the area a short time later, assessing damage and residents’ needs.

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