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Augusta home struck by lighting during severe storm

Fire crews responded to an Augusta home yesterday after it was reportedly struck by lightning.
Fire crews responded to an Augusta home yesterday after it was reportedly struck by lightning.(Augusta Fire & EMA)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 5:33 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 12:30 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Severe weather that rolled through the river region yesterday afternoon led to an Augusta home being struck by lightning.

Around 3:45 p.m., firefighter responded to the 1400 block of Hickman Road following reports of a structure fire believed to be sparked by a lightning strike.

Crews were able to work quickly to minimize the damage, the Augusta Fire/EMA reported.

The home was empty when crews arrived. There were no reports of injuries.

Yesterday’s storm caused damage as it moved through the CSRA on both sides of the Savannah River.

A viewer in Thomson reported impressive lightning, thunder and high winds. She said she had a brief power outage, as well.

From a viewer:

In Lincoln County, trees were reported down at 5500 Thomson Highway and a big oak was down near Boneville United Methodist Church in the Dearing area.

Large oak was knocked down by storm in Dearing area.
Large oak was knocked down by storm in Dearing area.(WRDW)

And in Columbia County, trees were reported down northeast of Harlem.

Across the river in McCormick County, trees were reported down at Highway 28 and Hopewell Church Road and Forrest Drive and Breckenridge Lane as well as 284 Old Augusta Road near Plum Branch. Three other trees were reported down at Gettys Road and Highway 81, between McCormick and Mt. Carmel.

In Edgefield, a tree was down on Buncombe Street.

In North Augusta, The Red Cross is helping out a family of five after a tree fell on their home Wednesday during the storm. You can see in these pictures where the tree went right through the roof.

North Augusta storm damage
North Augusta storm damage(WRDW)
North Augusta storm damage
North Augusta storm damage(WRDW)
North Augusta storm damage
North Augusta storm damage(WRDW)

This is one of the more serious reports of damage from yesterday, though there were multiple reports of trees down across the area. Now the remnants of tropical depression Ida we saw Wednesday are hitting parts of the northeast.

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