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September 28, 2012

Storms cause array of damage in Minco

MINCO — The winds from a storm in Minco made for a rude awakening for a rude awakening for one superintendent.

Kevin Sims, Minco Public Schools Superintendent said he received a call from the maintenance supervisor at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. The alarms had gone off at the school, as they do when the power goes out, Sims said.

The gymnasium roof sustained significant damage and the baseball dugout had been pulled from the ground. The lobby was flooded but not damaged, Sims said.

"It was a pretty tough storm," he said.

Because quick action needed to be taken, an emergency board meeting had to be called at 6:30 a.m., Sims said.

TRC Disaster Solutions will be repairing the damage.

September through November is storm season, Dale Thompson, Grady County Emergency Manager said.

There have been reports around the county of some sizable limbs blown down as well as power outages, he said.

However, in spite of the rainfall accompanying the storms, the Grady County burn ban is still in place, Thompson said.

While these storms usually do not turn tornadic, high winds and large hail can be expected during this time of year, Thompson said.

"The high winds kick up and drive out the moisture," Thompson said, which makes grass fires as likely as before the precipitation.

There is a likely chance of storms through Saturday night.

These storms are a result of moisture coming from hurricanes on the Pacific side.

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