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Storm causes wind damage in county

Morgan County road crews were busy Monday night cleaning up tree damage resulting from a strong storm front that raced through the area at three different times.

A tornado warning was issued for Morgan County at about 5 p.m. While it never materialized, strong wind gusts accompanied by heavy rainfall blew down large trees, knocked out power for some customers and left water standing on roads in low-lying areas.

South Morgan County sustained the heaviest damage.

District 3 Morgan County Commissioner Don Stisher said his crew was called out three times  – 5 p.m., 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. –  to remove trees from roads.

“We had 15 large trees down and an isolated microburst caused tree and property damage in the Ebenezer community,” Stisher said. “One of the trees fell on a house and one of its limbs went through a window and injured a woman inside. She was transported to a hospital for treatment.”

He also reported that some families were left without electricity due to downed power lines.

“Joe Wheeler Cooperative had crews working to restore service,” Stisher pointed out. “We also had help from volunteer fire departments and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.”

District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark said his crew removed four or five trees from roads with the assistance of Priceville Volunteer Fire Department.

“We had a few trees down on Prince Road after the 5 p.m. storm and a few more down on West Point Road about midnight,’ said District 4 Commissioner Greg Abercrombie. “Some of the trees involved power lines.”

Randy Vest said District 2 had a few roads closures due to downed trees along with standing water in low-lying areas.

Stisher estimated that his district received six inches of rainfall from 4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.