< I heard the rain come through and it got louder and louder and louder... And all of a sudden, the whole side of the trailer caved in on us. >
Two brothers tell us they're lucky neither of them were hurt when a 100-year old pecan tree smashed into their mobile home this afternoon.
The footage you're seeing...from Houston Road... Is just one of many messes the weather left in Central Georgia.
Thanks for joining us.
I'm Frank Malloy.
Similar sights in Baldwin County tonight.
We got a number of calls in the Eyewitness Newsroom...from people who said they had some scary weather around Milledgeville.
This video is from Irwinton Road.
You can see crews out directing traffic...after an intersection a little further down the road was plunged into darkness.
Also reports of lots of tree downs.
Nobody hurt over there as far as we know... But a whole lot of cleanup to tackle.
According to Georgia Power's Outage map... About 2,000 customers in Milledgeville are still without power...130 customers in Warner Robins, and around 750 in Macon,
And Flint Energies is working to get the lights back on for around 480 households.
While the work to restore power...and clean up homes and roads is still going on... The severe watches and warnings are history.
Checking in now with chief meteorologist Ben Jones in the weather center.
A few homeowners in Macon and Bibb County have some work ahead of them... With trees resting on their roofs and blocking driveways.
We're told damage to this house on Ponderosa Drive was minimal considering what it could have been.
Some shingles were knocked off and some eves will need to be replaced.
That wasn't the only tree down in the area.
We got reports of some roads blocked, and limbs on power lines, with crews scrambling to clear things up as quickly as possible.
In some areas, neighbors immediately pitched in to help.
<so what are you doing now, just trying to clear it out enough to get to the driveway?
Yeah, just helping a neighbor.
They're elderly and upset.
When I came home from work, as I was driving down... I had to take several detours to get to the house, and when I got here, I'm thinking, that's my yard. That's the pecan tree in my yard, and my husband had been out earlier cutting grass and I was hoping he was not up under the tree, but I saw him at the end of the road, and he said he was just out here and he heard the tree snap.
This tree on Liberty Church Road appeared to miss the house for the most part... But the homeowners are still left with the task of getting it out of the yard.
Two brothers we met today weren't nearly as lucky.
Around four o'clock, the Greene Brothers were in their Houston Road home... when heavy rains and winds came through their area.
The next thing they knew... Their home caved in on them.
A huge pecan tree is the reason.
Joey Greene... Said he moved from the sofa when he heard a strange sound.
And if he wasn't lying on the floor... he may have been seriously injured.
He told us it was a miracle he wasn't hurt.
<I heard a bunch of wind come at me like a tornado was coming at me and the trailer pushed to the side, to the right side and as soon as I jumped up because I thought the trailer was fixing to come off its wheels, the roof just come down on top of me.>
Emergency officials were called to check on a gas leak there at that home... We're told it was quickly secured.
So Frank...lots of damage tonight...no reports of injuries from those agencies we've been able to talk to.
Many of you have sent us pictures of damage where you live.
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In other news tonight... Warner Robins Police have released the name of the man who they say, first fired shots when an ambulance showed up...and then at officers who answered the EMT's calls for help.
He is James Daniel Curles, Jr, 27 years old.
Police say an ambulance came on a routine call.
Within minutes, EMTs were asking for backup at 125 Galaxy Avenue.
At one point, an estimated 40 cars from different agencies were there.
No one was hurt... But police say Curles got off multiple shots.
Police say Curles faces 10 charges in all, including 4 counts of aggravated assault on an officer.
The Byron Fire Department added six new firefighters ...Thanks to funding from a federal grant.
The grant will pay for salary...benefits and more.
18-year-old Joshua Kelley is one of those new firefighters...and he is in the middle of training.
He says he wanted to be a firefighter since he was kid.
Today he learning about saving people in a crushed vehicle.
<Kyle Murray, Firefighter: The additional firefighters will actually staff this station here 24/7 with two men around the clock.
Kyle Murray, Firefighter: In the past we operated from normally from the two firemen on shift from about 8 to 5 Monday through Friday after that 5:00 period it's covered by reserve firefighters and they are strictly on volunteer basis. >
The SAFER grant provides just over $494-thousand dollars over two years.
The Byron Fire Department can re-apply again after two years.
On Saturday....an organization called Angels Hosting Angels....will host a Pre-Fourth of July Celebration for those facing homelessness in Macon.
Mary Diaz is the group's leader...but to the people she serves, she's "mama".
Elise Brown went out with Diaz on a mission to spread the word about tomorrows event.....but the day quickly turned into a search for someone special.
Mama Diaz is out and about on Poplar street in Macon... Looking for members of her adopted family.
<the homeless are my babies. And my youngest, what two months old? All the way up to 94.>
She lets them rest in her home for a couple of days....but then tells them they need a plan.
<you tell me about the plan, we'll talk about it, we'll pray about it, and we work the plan. >
Bernard Pitts has seen Diaz make changes in people's lives....like with one man who lived in the park.
<and i've known times that she's taken him to dinner. He has this big beard. She even gave him a hair cut...and shaved his beard. He felt she actually care about me.>
Diaz has lots of babies....and she tries to keep in touch with them....but there's one she can't seem to get a hold of.
That's a man named Marcus.
And as she finds out....nobody in the neighborhood has seen him either.
<i've been serving him for years. One Saturday I came down on the streets and he was laying out. I took him home with me. >
<after walking up and down this street for nearly an hour. Diaz still can't find Marcus and starts to worry. She decides to head to a bridge at the intersection of terminal avenue and walnut street in hopes of finding him.>
Unable to find him....Diaz talks about what makes Marcus special.
<he's smart, articulate, gentle spirit. That's how I see him, that's how he is. >
If Marcus doesn't come to Saturday's celebration, Diaz says that's a sign that something is very wrong. But she holds out hope...he'll be there to celebrate with the rest of the extended family.
Elise Brown, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Now 60.....Mama Diaz has been helping people for 48 years....she works at Macon State.....but considers helping her babies a job that's a calling from God.
We'll check in with Mama Diaz tomorrow...in the meantime, we'll be hoping everything works out.
The pre-fourth of July celebration is tomorrow at 154 Broadway in Macon....from 11am to 4pm. Mama Diaz says they accept donations like pop-top canned goods and clean clothing.
That's an early 4th of July celebration.... There are many more to come... Some of them including fireworks.
But the state of Georgia has made a few changes to what you can and can't do with firecrackers.
When Eyewitness News at 11 returns... We have some information you'll want to know before the light show.
First though... As we go to break...we bring you a wrap up of some of the other stories you say today... On 13WMAZ.
America Celebrates 2 hundred and 37 years as an independent nation... Next thursday.
The fourth of July is marked with barbecues... Concerts and of course... Fireworks.
Here in Georgia... There are certain kinds of fireworks that are now legal for you to use.
<south Carolina and Alabama and Tennessee all sell fireworks that are illegal here in the state of Georgia. And so I'm urging parents, don't go into other states and buy fireworks that are illegal here in the state of Georgia.>
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens joined other safety professionals... to demonstrate the proper use of fireworks.
All the ones you see in the video are legal, but there are still some tips that you need to know before you use them.
<one of the things is, when you use these like these behind me, you need to wear safety glasses when you're lighting them because we
don't want them spraying sparklers in your eyes. And then always have a bucket of water right there when you do it. When you get through with it, drop it in that bucket of water, because it's still hot. And if you drop it in a regular trash can it can often catch on fire.>
Hudgens also says it's good to use a longer lighter so that you avoid touching the wick.
Always light fireworks on a level surface... not on the grass or near anything that can catch on fire.
And be sure that only adults are lighting the firework... Not children.
A week into Summer means family fun at the beach for some people... including Honey Boo Boo.
The 7-year-old reality tv star... along with Mama June...
and the rest of the family was at Lake Tobesofkee shooting scenes for their show..."Here Comes Honey Boo Boo".
Crowds of swimmers watched the production crew work.
And cards were handed out to fans as keepsakes.
Honey Boo Boo enjoyed a nice swim... as others looked on.
Some people were excited to share the water with the Georgia natives.
Others were lucky enough to say hello.
< Sarah Grace and Clara Grace, Macon: We waved hi to Honey Boo Boo. We turned around... not expecting anything and she was like, "hey". She's just like a normal seven year old.
Kellye Brown, Lizella: My six year old granddaughter knew immediately when she saw the big red truck that it was them and she got all excited.>
The family wasn't able to interact with the crowd after the production crew started shooting scenes... but everyone was welcomed to watch.