Strong burst of wind damages fire station and homes in Macon

Downburst of wind damages Bloomfield area

Bibb County Emergency Management says a strong downburst of wind damaged the fire station and several homes in Macon's Bloomfield area.

Bibb County EMA Director Spencer Hawkins says the surge of wind hit around  6:30 p.m. Monday night.

“It snapped these strong healthy trees,” said Spencer Hawkins. He says it was only in the Bloomfield area for ten to fifteen seconds.

“It happens so quickly and so fast, that you don’t even realize it happens sometimes,” said Hawkins. He says it started at the fire station on Bloomfield Road.

Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says by the time he got to the station it was drenched inside.

“Once it peeled that off, it made a deluge of water so everything that was underneath it was just soaked from the water because it pretty much ruined all the insulation inside and all the ceiling tiles inside,” said Riggins.

Hawkins says then the downburst moved in almost a straight line causing damage to three or four homes. He says the storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, and even damaged cars, but Hawkins says there were no injuries sustained.

“You start hearing that freight train or big truck sound that doesn't seem right, go to that safe zone,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins says an interior room with no windows is always a safe area to be during storms.

Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ


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