Tree limb kills Columbus woman, other storm damage widespread - WRBL

Tree limb kills Columbus woman, other storm damage widespread

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

After a stormy day in Columbus there is much debris left to be seen, and the downpour also caused a tragic accident.

57-year-old Barbara McWorther was in her backyard Wednesday evening when a branch from one of her trees fell, striking her dead.

Around Columbus a number of massive trees were uprooted during the storm. Roads were blocked and power lines were knocked to the ground. It's not an uncommon sight in Columbus, but McWorther's neighbor Sharon Riley says she never thought about an errant limb actually killing someone, and next time a storm comes through she'll take precautions.

"Stuff happens like that other places," says Riley, "but not right here, not right here in our city limits. That was sad, that was really sad."

Crews were still cleaning up debris throughout the city Wednesday night.

Another major problem in the valley was power outages. Downtown Columbus had several traffic lights go dark, forcing police to scramble to direct traffic at busier intersections.

Many drivers seemed unaware that blacked-out signals are the same as a four-way stop sign. Cars vied for the right of way as others ignored the law.

Electricians from the city and Georgia Power methodically worked through the outages.

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