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Windstorm in Athens Kills 1, Knocks Out Power, Closes Streets

Winds over 40 mph caused havoc in the area Wednesday morning.

Athens storm damage. OnlineAthens YouTube screenshot
Athens storm damage. OnlineAthens YouTube screenshot
An Athens man was killed during Wednesday morning's windstorm when a tree fell on him while he was driving.

Athens-Clarke County Police said the 39-year-old man died while driving a van in the Pinewood Mobile Home Park around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The Athens Banner-Herald said the man has been identified as Pedro Gorosquieta.

The newspaper also reported another resident suffered a head injury when a tree fell on a residence. The extent of the injuries were not known.

Athens police said trees and power lines were felt in many places, closing roads, knocking out power and damaging property. The Banner-Herald reported a police patrol car was damaged by a wind-blown construction barrel, but was not injured.

The Weather Channel reported Wednesday morning that wind gusts above 40 mph were seen in the area. The winds were generated by the weather system that caused deadly tornadoes and flooding in many areas in the Southeast U.S.

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