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Strong Nighttime Storms Soak South Ga.

Heavy Rain and Hail in Enigma, Ga.
Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-03 19:37:33-04

SOUTH GEORGIA (WTXL) -- A string of active thunderstorms originating in middle Georgia Wednesday afternoon shifted south, triggering intense rain, thousands of lightning strikes, and occasional bouts of hail across interior south-central Georgia.

A cluster of storms near Tifton around 6:00 p.m. strengthened to a severe level, producing very large hail.  Reports received by the National Weather Service from Brookfield recorded hailstones the size of golf balls and hen eggs.

Enigma resident George Golden tweeted the stormy scene to the @abc27stormteam Twitter page:

The storm cell continued to move southeast, colliding and merging with surrounding smaller storms and wind boundaries to continue causing havoc in Berrien, Lanier, and Clinch counties through the early evening hours.  Numerous reports of downed trees came in from Berrien County.

About 10 storms reports were taken along and east of the Interstate 75 corridor.

Late-night thunderstorms near the Florida/Georgia state line have been weaker, but some downpours during the nighttime period have caused locally heavy rain.  Radar-estimated totals of nearly four inches were noted near Coolidge in northern Thomas County.