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Hundreds lose power in strong storm

A line of thunderstorms that rolled through the Chattahoochee Valley Wednesday morning knocked down trees and power lines, causing 552 Georgia Power customers in Columbus to lose service.

There different problem spots, Georgia Power spokesman Robert Watkins said at 11:30 a.m. Most of the problems — 420 outages — were in the Double Churches area.

"We're bracing for more," Watkins said.

The Columbus office is in communication with Georgia Power's Atlanta storm center. The current outages can easily be handled by local crews, but if things get worse the company is prepared to being in additional crews, Watkins said.

The Columbus area has received between a half inch and inch of rain this morning, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Konarik.

Columbus went under a severe thunderstorm warning about 10 a.m. It was lifted 45 minutes later. The worst of the storms was below Columbus near Fort Benning moving in a line toward Macon, Konarik said.

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