The same deadly tornado that devastated Beauregard, cut a path of destruction through Ellerslie. Folk traveling between Columbus and Waverly Hall were met by road blocks across Georgia Highway 85, a main artery, Skip Wyatt is the Fire Chief for the Ellerslie Fire Department.
“Tornado did come through. Touched down kind of over the Coca Lake area, Rip Shin area, come across this way, Warm Springs road, out through Belfair, Timberland, kind of out that way. All the roads in Ellerslie are shut down right now,” says Fire Chief Skip Wyatt.
Georgia Highway 85 between Central Church Road and the Ellerslie Fire Department had trees down blocking both sides of the highway. Clearing that stretch of well-traveled road was a priority.
“No injuries as of now that I know of that I’ve been reported to. We’ve got Harris County law enforcement out here cutting trees. They’re working hard at it. We’ve got our guys. We’ve got Waverly Hall coming in from the north,” says Chief Wyatt.
Chief Wyatt had first responders checking on stranded residents.
“I’ve got people trapped in their houses, trapped in their driveways. I pulled guys to go help a guy and his family get untrapped and get them in the house,” says Chief Wyatt.
The path the tornado cut through the trees on both sides of Highway 85 appeared to be several hundred yards wide. Trees were uprooted some seemed to have been snapped off. Others bent in two. And where you have downed trees, you find fallen power lines.
“Right now you’re probably going to be without power I’d say most of the night and probably tomorrow, so get ready for it,” says Chief Wyatt.