Monday update: National Weather Service team on the way to town


A damage assessment team from the National Weather Service will be in town tomorrow, surveying the damage from Sunday morning's storm. The big question, of course, is whether or not the storm ever actually reached tornado status.

If so, it would be the second tornado in Baldwin County in less than a year. Prior to that, Baldwin County went five years without a documented tornado.

Regardless, Baldwin County EMA Director Wayne Johnson said that "this is certainly the biggest storm that I can remember to actually come through Milledgeville."

Added Johnson: "We've had some major storms come through the county, but we were fortunate that they were centralized to rural areas. But, never anything like this."

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office on Sunday shared the story of the local Chick-fil-A, famous for not being open on Sundays, making an exception and preparing hundreds of chicken sandwiches for first responders, linemen and others.

Meanwhile, it was an especially tense moment on Sunday morning for patients and staff on the third floor of Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, where strong winds broke out glass windows and tore off roofing. 


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Monday was a big cleanup day for business owners along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, as well as for city of Milledgeville maintenance crews. 

"Everything is pretty much passable now. That's the good news," Johnson said.

Georgia Power had service restored to all but a handful of homes as of 3 p.m. Monday, as out-of-town bucket trucks were a very common sight around town.

Five floodgates remain open at Sinclair Dam, although Johnson hadn't heard any reports of low-lying flooding, as of Monday evening.


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