A tornado was reported to have touched down shortly after 5 p.m. today on Fort Stewart, causing significant damage to the golf course, homes and cars, but no reports of injuries initially.
However, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms continues to target inland areas, including Pembroke and surrounding areas in North Bryan, southern Bulloch, eastern Evans and Effingham counties, weather radar indicates.
Bryan County Emergency Services Chief Freddy Howell said in an email to the News that no damage had been reported in the county as of 9:23 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service Office in Charleston has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bryan, Bulloch and Effingham counties in effect until 8:15 p.m. At 7:17 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Bay in extreme southern Bulloch County moving to the northeast at 30 mph. Hazards reported with this storm include 70-mph wind gusts and nickel-size hail.
The weather service says people in the affected areas, including North Bryan, should expect considerable tree damage along with damage to mobile homes, roofs and outbuildings.
Locations impacted by this storm include Pembroke and Blitchton, along with areas in extreme southeastern Bulloch County and Effingham County.