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Friday, April 15, 2011 - 1:17pm

Storms Drop Hail, Down Trees Overnight

Storms lashed central and north Georgia overnight, and a tornado watch remains in effect for southwest Georgia until 10 this morning.

Much of the state was covered by a similar watch at some point last night, but the National Weather Service lifted the watches early this morning.

Georgia Power representatives say about 13,000 customers are without power this morning, down from a peak of 25,000. Most of the outages are concentrated in northwest Georgia and 5,000 lack power in Floyd County. Approximately 4,000 Georgia Power customers have no power in the Macon area as well.

Storms downed trees around Rome Friday. One fallen tree was blocking Fifth Avenue in Rome, and another tree has struck a home in the city.

The weather service predicts more stormy weather early Saturday, with some severe weather stretching from Augusta to Macon to Columbus. But the forecast indicates skies will clear this afternoon, though there's a wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday is expected to be sunny with highs in the 70s.


Joshua Stewart contributed to this report.

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