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Trees downed by gusty winds

Posted: March 6, 2013 - 10:04am

If you can hang on through the nearly gale-force winds buffeting the area, today’s weather will be bright, sunny and springlike.

Strong wind gusts of up to 45 mph blew down several trees on roadways throughout Columbia County, including one that caused a vehicle crash, said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker.

Early Wednesday, a motorist on Old Appling-Harlem Highway, near Pumpkin Center, crashed into a tree that had fallen across the roadway. No one was injured, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Two trees also fell on Clanton Road, one of them damaging a vehicle. There were no injuries in that incident.

Roads and Bridges workers removed those trees from roadways, and also removed downed trees from The Pass and Louisville Road at Wrightsboro Road, Tucker said.

Continued windy conditions, with west winds of 15 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 45 mph, are expected throughout the afternoon, with cloudless sunny skies and temperatures rising to a high of 53, Tucker said.

A lake wind advisory is in effect until 10 p.m.

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