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Sunday's tornado downed trees that blocked I-185

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) - The sound of chain saws, police cars parked in the southbound lanes. The storm brought down trees right onto Interstate 185. Authorities shut down the southbound lanes from Highway 315 to the Williams Road exit. If you wanted into Columbus, you had to wait.

"But if we can get one lane open, we can at least get traffic moving from the side streets and southbound coming through and open up for traffic," says Major Charles Kennedy.

Major Kennedy says the storm virtually closed off Columbus.

"Biggers Road area, River Road area, the upper part of Green Island, over here around Fortson  and areas we still got massive amount of trees down, a lot of road closures," says Major Kennedy.

With my video shot, getting back to the WRBL studios would take some effort, and patience. From the Smith Road exit, I tried Whitesville Road. It too was blocked. About an hour later, I was back on I-185 as crews had at least one southbound lane open. For those who want to venture out and see the damage, Major Kennedy says there will be plenty of time to do that because of the sheer volume of the downed trees.

"You'll be able to see the damage for days and days after we start cleaning it up," says Major Kennedy.

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