Driving back from a long-scheduled conference in Alabama, from the state line to Tifton was widespread damage from Hurricane Michael. Nothing like the devastation on the Gulf coast, of course, but very unusual for inland Georgia.
We saw plenty of downed power lines, so don’t be surprised if everybody is power is not back everywhere for a while.
Hurricanes apparently aren’t good at obeying speed limit signs.
The center of the damage was somewhere around Sylvester, in the northwest edge of the Suwannee River Basin, in the Little River watershed.
These pictures start in Albany and end in Tifton. More pictures are on the WWALS website.
We know from WWALS members from Tifton northeast that there were trees down and further damage in that direction as the hurricane moved up there.
South from Tifton on I-75, we saw minimal damage.
From Alabama to Tifton, many houses had trees through them. I deliberately did not photograph those. These pictures give an idea of the extent of the storm damage without exposing what happened to individuals.
Notice what’s missing. No sign of water. We crossed both the Flint and the Withlacoochee Rivers, and they matched their gauges: no flooding, and not even any significant rise. Hurricane Michael inland apparently was all wind and little water.
Thanks to Gretchen Quarterman for doing the driving.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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