Storm brings large hail, widespread power outages to Augusta area

Published: May. 6, 2022 at 5:19 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 10:13 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Strong storms moved through the CSRA on Friday afternoon and evening, downing trees and power lines and dropping hail across the region.

Some of the trees landed on homes, damaging roofs.

That’s what happened in the 2000 block of Ellis Street in downtown Augusta. One renter was stuck in the home next door because the tree was blocking her inside.

Fallen trees like this one damaged homes across the CSRA.
Fallen trees like this one damaged homes across the CSRA. (WRDW)

The storms started moving through Augusta around 4:40 p.m.

Near the state line, the hail was around the size of ping-pong balls. It was reported as far west as Evans and accompanied by heavy rain, low visibility and high winds.

The storm soon started moving into North Augusta, where some residents reported slightly larger hail about the size of golf balls.

Then by 5:15 p.m., the storm, had reached Johnston, where residents reported marble-size hail.

Several people reported dents in their cars, and one resident sent News 12 a photo of a greenhouse with the glass roof shattered.

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May 6, 2022, storm

Power outages

Georgia Power reported widespread outages in the Augusta area. There were outages for four and five customers in scattered areas as well as larger outages.

Some of the larger ones included:

  • More than 1,000 customers without electricity in the Forest Hills area north of Wrightsboro Road and south of Walton Way between Highland Avenue and Jackson Road.
  • More than 1,200 customers without power in the Waverly and Woodbluff neighborhoods along Boy Scout Road next to Interstate 20 and nearly 700 customers without power just across I-20 from that area.
  • About 2,000 customers without power in Grovetown.
  • Nearly 100 customers without power a few block southwest of Doctors Hospital of Augusta.
  • Nearly 400 customers without power near Lake Olmstead.
  • Nearly 650 customers without power between Grovetown and Appling ion the north side of I-20.

In areas served by Jefferson Energy Cooperative, crews were working on widespread outages across many counties.

At one point, the utility reported 48 outages affecting 2,451 members.

Counties needing restoration included Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren and Washington.

Powerful winds

There were multiple reports of trees and power lines down on both sides of the Savannah River.

In Aiken County, crews were heading out with chainsaws to take care of trees blocking drivers at places like Ridge Road and Ascauga Lake, as well as Whaley Pond Road and Bettis Academy Road, and Dibble Road and Hitchcock Parkway.

There were also reports of trees and power lines down in the city of Bamberg, S.C., as well as elsewhere in Bamberg County. The South Carolina Highway Patrol was responding to many of these reports.

A witness told News 12 a tree had fallen on a mobile home just east of Bamberg and that there were so many trees across the roadway, it was impossible to get into Branchville from the direction of Bamberg.

Grovetown reported these incidents:

  • 5155 Wrightsboro Road: Power line down
  • 5200 Wrightsboro Road: Power lines and poles down (Goodale Park)
  • 1034 Newmantown Road: Tree down blocking roadway
  • Green Street at West Robinson Avenue: Tree and power lines down
Numerous fallen trees across roadways impeded traffic in Augusta after the storm.
Numerous fallen trees across roadways impeded traffic in Augusta after the storm.(WRDW)

Augusta public safety agencies warned of several high-hazard roadways after the storm moved through, including:

  • 2733 Willis Foreman Road
  • Warren Road and Clay Hill Drive
  • Warren Road and Washington Road
  • Highland Avenue and McDowell Street
  • 1903 Meadow Lane
  • Boy Scout Road and Skinner Mill Road
  • Gordon Highway and Barton Chapel Road
  • North Leg Road and Wrightsboro Road
  • 3004 Park Ave.
  • Magnolia Drive and Cardinal Drive
  • Skinner Mill Road and Dorchester Drive
  • Linderwood Drive and Hollowhill Way
  • Furys Ferry Road and Washington Road

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