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Damaging storm roars through Athens

Storm damage at Parkview Homes (Photo lcontributed by Jessica Nale-Oglesby)

By Joe Johnson

A severe thunderstorm roared through the Athens area on Thursday evening,.

Ominous clouds over Athens prior to severe Thunderstorms Thursday evening (Photos by Mandy King for Classic City News )

Police and social media reports that trees have been felled countywide, and Georgia Power indicated that as of 8 p.m., 22,000 customers in Athens-Clarke County were without power.

The National Weather Service said penny-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph were possible.

Athens remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

This is the Barnett Shoals / Cedar Shoals Road area in the immediate aftermath of the storm (Photo byJamesHilton)

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Ga Power outage map was showing something like 22,000 customers out in ACC at 8:00 pm. Whitehall Rd/Barnett Shoals/Gaines School Rd corridor was out almost all the way to Lexington Rd. Pine trees snapped halfway up at Hillsman Middle School.

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