MOULTRIE, Ga. — Between sustained winds of 20-25 miles per hour and heavy rainfall, Thursday’s storm was expected to cause flying debris and fallen trees. But Moultrie faced only a facet of it.
A severe thunderstorm was expected to hit Colquitt County between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. It had the potential to cause isolated tornadoes, flash flooding and power outages, forecasters said.
Power outages did occur. Moultrie City Manager Pete Dillard said two or three happened but were fixed almost immediately.
Colquitt EMC responded to about 8,500 outages across their seven-county coverage area, according to spokeswoman Sonya Aldridge. Aldridge didn’t break down how many of those were in Colquitt County.
Multiple fallen trees and limbs were reported in the county.
A tree fell across First Street Southeast near 12th Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Friday. Public Works Director Danny Ward said this was less than the city was expecting.
“We were very concerned due to the fact of the rain saturating ground and the wind because it got very gusty,” he said. “But we were blessed. We didn’t have a lot of trees down.”
The Public Works department started working on the tree’s removal around 8 a.m. and finished close to 9 a.m. Other clean-up, however, started in the day prior, Ward said.
“Late yesterday when the breeze got up after lunch, we had a limited amount and some were like large limbs,” he said Friday. “Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as what we prepared for.”
Clean-up will involve raking yards and collecting the multitude of small limbs that fell. Ward said it may be a one- or two-week effort to finish.