Valdosta Daily Times

March 24, 2013

Storm causes damage

More Withlacoochee flooding expected

Terry Richards
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — A strong storm system that moved through South Georgia Saturday produced a lot of hail and high winds that caused damage in Berrien County, and is expected to cause more flooding for the Withlacoochee River in Lowndes County.

While the storm produced anywhere from one to three inches of rain and gusts of up to 50 mph in spots, the main threat came from hail, said Katie Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Fla.

In Adel, quarter-sized hail an inch in diameter fell, she said. Hail was also reported in Valdosta. The heaviest rainfall was in northern Lowndes, she said.

Late Saturday, the weather service issued a flood warning for the Withlacoochee River, expecting minor flooding by Monday morning. The flood stage for the Withlacoochee at Skipper Bridge Road is 13 feet; the weather service expects the river to rise to 13.7 feet by early Monday, according to the weather service.

Forecasters expect the river to drop below flood stage early Tuesday. The Withlacoochee underwent major flooding in Valdosta earlier this month.

In Nashville, damage was reported to the high school’s baseball field. The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Nashville also took a hit, said Gary Nelms, the VFW post commander.

“It could have been a lot worse,” he said. Four of seven flagpoles in a flag island at the post were knocked over, and the metal building’s brick veneer was damaged and a window blown out, he said.

Nelms said he didn’t think there was a lot of structural damage inside the building, but he said that the roof had not yet been examined. He said that “hopefully” an insurance adjuster would be able to check on the roof today.

The VFW hall is insured through the national VFW organization, Nelms said.

He also said he thought there was damage to an awning at a school across from the VFW hall.

As strong as the storm was Saturday, Moore expected worse overnight, as another squall line was expected to move through between 4-6 a.m. She said more hail and wind were expected, as well as possible tornadoes.