Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

August 20, 2013

Lowndes escapes worst of storms; Echols doesn’t

VALDOSTA — Valdosta escaped the worst of the wild weather over the weekend, but surrounding counties were not as fortunate, say forecasters.

A frontal system stalled over the region during the weekend, pumping in a great deal of moisture, said Jeff Evans, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Tallahassee, Fla., office, which handles forecasts for Lowndes County.

Areas to the west of Valdosta received the worst of the rainfall, with spots in the Florida Panhandle getting up to 10 inches of rain over the weekend, he said. Valdosta, on the other hand, received slightly more than half an inch of rain between Friday and late Monday, Evans said.

“Where the front stalled is where the worst of the rain was,” he said.

Tifton received 3.14 inches of rain since Thursday, while Moultrie received 8.59 inches of rain from Wednesday through Sunday and Albany had five inches in the same period, Evans said.

While much of South Georgia and North Florida was under a flash-flood watch through Monday evening, Valdosta was “the one part of our area” that escaped serious flooding, he said.

One area that didn’t escape the severe weather was Echols County. A Saturday-evening storm saw 50-55 mile-per-hour winds moving through the county, and with fierce winds came fierce damage.

While no personal injuries ave been reported, several homes in Echols County suffered storm damage.

Homes like Brooks and Faye Culpepper’s home.

After the storm winds passed, they emerged from their home to find that the wind had wreaked havoc on the large shed next to their residence, tearing parts of the roof off and flinging them across the yard, tearing down the power line that led to the shed, and splitting apart a tree between the shed and their home.

Their residence was also damaged, with the wind tearing parts of their roof off and hurling chunks of the shed’s roof at it.

The weather service doesn’t have a rain gauge in Echols County, but radar estimates of the rain for Statenville over the weekend came to “three or four inches,” said Pete Wolf, meteorologist for the weather service’s Jacksonville, Fla., office, which handles forecasts for Echols.

As the week progresses, the frontal system should break up and South Georgia should become slightly drier, though there will still be chances of late afternoon thunderstorms, Evans said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-man_hunt001.jpg Dump truck thieves sought

    Authorities continued searching for suspects Monday evening connected to a stolen dump truck involved in a chase with law-enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • City workers strike natural gas main

    A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.

    July 29, 2014

  • education.jpg Desegregation status approved

    Forty-three years after an initial lawsuit was filed to force the system to desegregate, Valdosta City Schools has officially been approved for “unitary status.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results