Two storms, possibly tornadoes, roared through Lamar County Sunday evening – one east of Barnesville and one west.Bobby Ferris of Southern Rivers Energy reports the co-op is aware of damage. “We don’t know how bad it is. Our computer system is down and the IT team is working on it.” UPDATE: The SRE system was back up at 6:41 p.m. At that time there were about 1,700 co-op members without power. Outages can be viewed at the southernriversenergy.com storm center link.Multiple trees and power lines were down along the following roads: Sanders, Morgan Dairy, Rock Springs, Walton, Johnstonville, High Falls Park, Chappell Mill and Parker Branch. Power is out in multiple areas.A pole barn was destroyed at the county barn near the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Park. Lamar public works superintendent James Rigdon said it appeared the storm went in the back door and out the front door, damaging both roll-up doors. County commission Jay Matthews said his initial assessment is the county barn is a total loss. Sheriff Brad White said as of 5:50 p.m. no injuries had been reported.’¢ Traffic accidents were reported on High Falls Road and Morgan Dairy Road at Highway 36 East.’¢ An outbuilding was damaged by falling trees on Old Alabama Road near Milner.’¢ One motor vehicle accident tied to the storm was reported.’¢ No injuries thus far.’¢ A downburst took the roof off a mobile home on Abbott Road.’¢ More to follow.
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