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Rapid storm causes damage
When rain started to hit the roof of Caroline Sapp's house at 802 S St. in Brunswick on Sunday night, she had already decided to stay in for the night. A quick storm was moving through the area, and her godson, Bruce Harris, had just left from a visit.

Around 9:30 p.m., Sapp said she was watching television when she heard wind howl by her house.

"I heard the gust of wind, and thought, 'What was that?'" Sapp said. "Then the whole house shook. It just came out of nowhere."

Just feet from the east side of her house, a 60-foot red oak tree uprooted and crashed to the ground. Had it not been for another tree next to her home, Sapp says the fallen tree would have crushed her in her house.

Instead, the tree lies next to her house and a downed power line over her car.

Sunday night's quick thunderstorm brought minimal rain but high winds to the area, said Matt Zibura, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

"Right at around 11 p.m. we had winds there recorded at 51 mph at St. Simons McKinnon Airport," he said. "It was a quick storm that only brought hundredths of an inch of rain, but a lot of wind and wind damage."

Glynn County saw sporadic storm damage Sunday night after the storm came through from the north. Fallen trees littered parts of the city, St. Simons Island and North Glynn areas, keeping crews busy removing debris.

Three large trees fell in the city, said City Manager Bill Weeks, but only one blocked a city right-of-way and was removed by public works.

"On Wolfe Street, we had a large tree down, so crews were at work removing it," Weeks said. "With weeks of rain and the ground already pretty saturated, the hardwood's root systems are weak."

Other trees and yard debris on residential property are the responsibility of property owners, Weeks said.

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