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Heavy winds take down center-field fence in Augusta

Lake Olmstead Stadium

Lake Olmstead Stadium, home of the Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League), sustained damage tonight from a violent thunderstorm tearing through the area — violent enough to take down the center-field fence.

Billy Byler, Augusta GreenJackets beat writer for the Augusta Chronicle, was kind enough to send us a link to a Chronicle video of the action:

Video of storm damage at Lake Olmstead Stadium

From his story:

A 50-foot section of the 18-foot-high wall was toppled when strong winds hit the ballpark less than an hour before the scheduled start….

GreenJackets general manager Nick Brown said heavy winds damaged tents in the concourse areas and a possible lightning strike to the roof of the first base bleachers blew several flat screen televisions in the clubhouse. The worst damage was inflicted on the center field wall.

You can read the full story here.


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