A strong thunderstorm caused damage along a 12-mile stretch in Oconee and Clarke counties Sunday night.

Crews from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City worked with emergency managers in both counties to determine a downburst struck as part of a “very intense thunderstorm.”

The storm had peak winds of 70-80 mph and was on the ground for about 12 miles, between North High Shoals and northwest of Athens, just west of the Athens Perimeter.

A severe thunderstorm warning for both counties plus northeastern Walton County went into effect at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. But the downburst appeared to have begun about three minutes earlier.

It lasted for 21 minutes, until 9:48, officials said.

No one was hurt or killed in the storm, but the weather service noted significant wind damage, mainly to trees.

A downburst is most famous locally for causing widespread damage in Monroe on Feb. 21, 1993.

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