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Storm causes damage in Newton
Drier conditons in store for work week
Heavy rain in recent days caused a creek to overflow its banks in the area of Georgia 162 near Wildcat Creek on Sunday night, June 3, 2018. Covington News reader Richard Askew captured the scene on video. To view it, visit

COVINGTON, Ga. — A thunderstorm toppled trees in Newton County on Sunday.

The storms to end the weekend were the latest round to roar through Georgia over a period of several days, but calmer weather should be on tap for the new work week.

The National Weather Service forecast shows daytime forecasts of sun with highs in the upper 80s through Friday in Newton County.

The weather service said north and middle Georgia should experience dry conditions, including a break in the soaring humidity levels.

Sunday, though, was a different story. The weather service in Peachtree City issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Butts, Henry, Jasper, Monroe, Newton and Spalding counties at about 7:20 p.m.

The warning included Porterdale and Newborn.

At 7 p.m. Sunday, Newton County 911 received a call of a tree down on power lines on Lower River Road, near Stewart Road, south of Porterdale.

The storms in recent days are responsible for two missing young adults in Oconee County. Two 18-year-olds went missing in Barber Creek on Friday. One fell from the dam at the old Puritan Creek Mill and the other was apparently swept under the water trying to save the first man.

Rescue teams from Clark, Cobb, Greene, Madison, Oconee, Rabun and Walton counties, plus the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Oconee County, South Carolina, have joined in the search. The recovery effort began a fourth day on Monday morning.