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Damage from storm doesn’t last

POSTED: January 13, 2014 8:30 p.m.
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Bonnie Dixon shared this photo of a trampoline that blew into her front yard from a neighbor's back yard.

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The storm that blew through Effingham County on Saturday caused some damage but no serious injuries, according to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

“It was just a bad storm that could’ve been worse,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

A weather-related crash Saturday afternoon shut down all northbound lanes on Interstate 95 near the Georgia-South Carolina line. A car hydroplaned and hit four other vehicles, including an 18-wheeler, but the wreck resulted in only “a couple minor injuries,” Ehsanipoor said.

He added that no one was hurt on Kildee Lane when a roof was blown off a mobile home and it hit another mobile home. Other reported damage included a sign at 21 South Auto Sales that fell and damaged three vehicles.

“With all this that went on, fortunately we didn’t have any serious injuries,” Ehsanipoor said.

Ehsanipoor said the majority of the calls the ECSO received were about downed trees and power lines. Honey Ridge Road near Highway 119 had to be closed for part of the afternoon while crews cleared debris from the road.

The Effingham Emergency Management Agency reported “multiple power outages,” including approximately 2,000 residents along Courthouse Road.

Some locals took to social media to show pictures of storm damage in their neighborhoods. Bonnie Dixon posted a photo of a trampoline that “blew over the fence across three yards and two streets” at Honey Ridge and 119.

“Everyone is OK,” Dixon wrote, “except for the two little boys that don’t understand why their trampoline is not in their back yard but rather in my front yard!”


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