BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Tropical storm Michael’s winds burst hard through Burke County around 2 a.m. on Thursday. Trees fell through out the county and more than 2000 people lost power. First responders were already prepared and acted quickly.
“There are a lot of trees down I know we have over 24 different calls right now. Right down liberty street, right downtown Waynesboro we had trees down blocking our highways,” says Mayor Greg Carswell.
Just a little more than an hour later, more calls coming into dispatch. This time serious accidents.
“The best thing to do right now is to just stay off the road ways until we have all the opportunities to get the trees cleaned up so far we have responded to five crashes where persons have already crashed into a tree that has fallen down,” says Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, Burke County Sheriff’s Office.
The search for damage continued as daylight brought into view the impact of Michael.
“I heard one limb fall. I got up but it just felt like it was cracking so I got back in the bed laid back down went to sleep and heard a big boom,” says one resident, Tianca Tolbert.
Tolbert says her and her daughter are okay. Hours later the rain stopped and the wind ceased, community members must work together to clean up the mess left behind.