Strong winds caused damage in Echols County this evening, according to witnesses and the National Weather Service.
Though no tornadoes were detected, a strong storm with 50-55 mile-per-hour winds moved through the county between 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., said Angie Enyedi, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Jacksonville, Fla.
The weather service had picked up reports of downed power lines and some roof damage near the intersection of J. Frank Culpepper Road and Bethel Church Road, she said. Lowndes County 911 Center, which dispatches for Echols County, received reports of two downed trees and the roof blown off of a barn, said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County clerk.
Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson said he had deputies working downed trees, but he had received no reports of major structural damage or injuries from the storm.
Louie Culpepper, an Echols resident who lives on J. Frank Culpepper Road, said the roof was torn off his father’s shop and flung 600 feet down the road. Several houses on Bethel Road suffered carport damage, and a farm building farther down J. Frank Culpepper Road was destroyed, he said.
“The lights went out, and then the wind came along and everything happened,” he said. Culpepper said he didn’t know of any injuries.
“We’ve got a field of sunflowers,” he said. “Now all the sunflowers look like they’re lying down; it looks like something drove through and made a path through them.”
Times staffer Dean Poling contributed to this story.