Hail, wind and tornado batters Bainbridge, leaving damage and many without power

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, April 5, 2023

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Monday saw dark thunderclouds gather over Decatur County, part of a severe weather system that swept over parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Severe winds, lightning, and hail battered the community, with some even reporting a tornado in part of the county.

The resulting aftermath left countless trees fallen, some taking out power lines and leaving countless residents in the dark for hours, while others caused significant damage to houses and property. Part of the Earle May Boat Basin nature trail was closed through to Tuesday morning due to a downed power line, with Georgia Power reportedly working into Monday night to get it removed.

According to city engineer Gabe Menendez, there were an additional 10 trees that fell on the nature trail, as well as several on both Spruce and Chason Street. Menendez further stated that the city will help the county work crews in disposing of and processing the trees and debris collected from throughout the county.

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