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