News 12 First at Five / Thursday, July 18, 2013
MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- There was a lot of damage across the area after Wednesday night's storms.
Lorin Sette with the Georgia Department of Transportation says there's even more trees down than usual thanks to the soaked ground.
"It's washing the sand away from the roots, it's loosened up the soil," Sette said.
Some of the worst storm damage happened along Hobbs Mill Road in Dearing, Ga.
Tanya Beck was home when the storm hit.
"It sounded like it could have been a tornado or something," she said.
Her mother, Lisa Beck, was home, too.
"Everything on our front porch when crashing down. I grabbed the girls, and we went down to our shelter. We sat in the closet panicked," she said.
The Beck family came outside to find their trampoline twisted like a pretzel and several trees down in their yard. A tornado didn't touch down, but very strong straight line winds came through, causing a lot of damage and terrifying the Beck family.
"Well, I was scared, my sister was having a panic attack, I was trying to keep her calm and my mom was freaking out as well," Tanya Beck said.
"I didn't know if it was a tornado. I didn't know if it was our last goodbyes. It was scary," Lisa Beck said.
Even though they have a lot of damage to clean up, they're just glad it wasn't any worse.
"We really thought there was going to be no roof on the house, we really thought there was going to be more damage," Lisa Beck said.
"I'm just glad everybody's safe and there wasn't too bad of damage," Tanya Beck said.