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Storm knocks out trees, limbs and electricity
Power back on for most of Bryan County
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Just three customers were still without power as of 9:45 a.m. today following thunderstorms that moved across the area Monday evening and left some downed trees and limbs on the ground -- and much of South Bryan in the dark.

Bryan County Emergency Services Director Jim Anderson said other than some trees and limbs knocked down and some siding blown from a house, there seemed to be no major damage from the storms.

But the storms certainly gave a good scare. Tornado warnings were issued around 7 p.m. and warning sirens went off shortly after.

“It was strong thunderstorms with straight-line winds,” Anderson said. “The radar did indicate there was the possibility of a tornado, but we didn’t have anything like that.”

He said a tree went down across the railroad tracks at Hwy. 144. It was cleared and out of the way after about 20 minutes, he said.

Carol Boatright with Georgia Power said 50 of the more than 8,000 customers in the Savannah area, which includes Bryan County, that lost power Monday were still waiting to be turned back on this morning. Of those 50, three were in Bryan County, she said.

She also noted that the traffic lights at highways 17 and 144 in Richmond Hill were also restored around 9:30 a.m. today. Prior to that, Richmond Hill Police officers were on hand at the intersection to direct the morning rush-hour traffic.

Mark Bolton, vice president of marketing, communications and economic development for Coastal Electric Cooperative, said around 3,000 members were affected by outages Monday, and all but a “few scattered individuals” were restored before 9 p.m.

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