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Twin storms roar through Lamar

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 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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