Miraculously, no injuries or fatalities reported during storm
It sounded like a train coming west through Milledgeville on Sunday morning, as a powerful storm produced more property damage than any in recent memory.
Local leaders filed the paperwork to declare a State of Emergency, the first time that’s happened since the COVID lockdown.
Roughly 6,000 Georgia Power customers in Baldwin County were left without power immediately following the storm.
The heart of the storm followed a southwest-to-northeast pattern, according to Baldwin County EMA Director Wayne Johnson. Despite the destruction, no injuries were reported as of Sunday afternoon, according to Johnson.
Johnson was asked if Sunday morning's storm was indeed a tornado.
"I would be hesitant to say one way or the other," Johnson said. "I haven't had a chance to meet with anyone from (the National Weather Service)."
Officially, Baldwin County has only had one tornado in the last six years, with that one happening last April 5. During that storm, roughly 100 trees were downed that day in the area of Avery Store Road and Old Monticello Road.
The path of Sunday's storm appears to have roughly followed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. At Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, leaders are still trying to figure out the extent of the damage to the hospital.
Further east on MLK, multiple businesses sustained damage to their signs and storefronts. An entire billboard was downed near the intersection of MLK and North Columbia Street.
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The storm then barrelled through Northside Baptist Church, where one of the church's outer buildings lost an entire wall. Multiple roofs on the church campus also were compromised, and volunteers worked on Sunday afternoon with tarps. Several trees were downed, including one that took out a dugout at the ballfield.
Fortunately, according to Rev. Billy Sutton, no one was at the church during the storm.
"God provides. He provided that none our folks were not here at the time the storm comes through," Sutton told Baldiwn2K. "A lot of roof issues. The water will let us know the extent of the issues. We're still trying to figure it out."
After passing over North Jefferson Street, the storm hit the old health department and brickyard buildings, completely removing numerous roofs and sending debris into the parking lot and all over Barrows Ferry Road.
It's likely to be another day or two before the National Weather Service determines whether or not Sunday's storm was indeed a tornado.
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