Northwest, Southeast Bibb Co. Hit Hard By Storms

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Video: Bibb Co. EMA Director

Photo courtesy of viewer Jackie Hotchkiss


The weather turned bad quickly. 

A sunny Monday afternoon in Macon gave way to storm clouds and rain. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed. And the wind picked up. 

On Meadowbrook Road, a 77-year-old Macon viewer says she was alone and watching "Jeopardy!" when a warning about severe weather interrupted programming. 

She had just enough time to run into her hallway, she says, before a tree crashed through the ceiling of her home near Log Cabin Road.

Her son rushed over to take care of her, help her call the insurance company and make sure she was safe again.

Donald Druitt, director of Bibb County EMA, says she was not alone.

An assessment of the damage was still on-going late Monday night, but it was clear northwest and southeast Bibb County had been hit the hardest, he says.

In addition to several downed trees and power lines across roadways, emergency personnel had reports of homes damaged by strong winds and falling trees. 

Fortunately, however, Druitt says there were no injuries to report.

Bibb County deputies were out patrolling and guiding traffic where needed, said Sean DeFoe, spokesman for the sheriff's office. 

A traffic light on Zebulon Road near Chick-fil-a was damaged. One lane was blocked to facilitate repairs.

Jackie Hotchkiss, a viewer, sent in photos of First Presbyterian Day School's demolished press box -- its remnants strewn across the parking lot along Calvin Drive after the storms rolled through.

All night, callers provided the newsroom with tips: 

  • Trees were down along Zebulon Road between Foster Road and Bass Road.
  • In the King's Forest neighborhood near Wimbish Road and Riverside Road, there's a power line in the roadway. 
  • As one tree blocked Ayers Road, another had fallen across Tucker Road between Forsyth Road and Ayers.

But before 10 p.m., the worst had passed, leaving homeowners and emergency personnel to pick up the pieces. 

By daybreak, crews had worked through the night to tackle the damage done and finally found themselves with some light to help the job go just a little easier.  

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