Severe weather causes structure fires, flooding in Chatham County

Southside Fire crews on scene at The Commons on Wilmington Island [WSAV JoAnn Merrigan]

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Severe weather in Chatham County caused minor flooding, power outages, and structure fires early this evening.

Storms began around 5 p.m. and the Savannah-Chatham County area saw immediate effects of the heavy rains.

The underpass on Henry Street and East Broad experienced flooding, as well as parts of Skidaway Island.

The weather also caused wide spread outages in the Georgetown area, with around 2,483 customers affected at one point.

Georgia Power crews quickly assessed the area and full power was restored within a few hours.

video provided by Crystal Murphy Higgins

Lightning struck one home on Wilmington Island around 5 p.m., causing a fire at an apartment in The Commons neighborhood.

Damage to one apartment on Wilmington Island [WSAV JoAnn Merrigan]
Southside Fire responded to the scene. The roof of one building was damaged, as well as several other apartments.

Officials do not know how many units sustained damage at this time.


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