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Storms injure several in Georgia, cause damage in Alabama


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 07, 2016 - 1:14 PM

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    Severe thunderstorms blew through Newnan and Coweta early Thursday morning, downing trees on many roads & interrupting power. Hwy 29 was temporarily closed at Millard Farmer Industrial while workers removed a tree from the roadway.
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    A tree rests on a power line on Hal Jones Road on early Thursday morning.
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    Downed power lines forced the temporary closure of Country Club Road on early Thursday morning.

Severe weather rolled through Alabama and Georgia overnight with a suspected tornado injuring several people in southwest Georgia, authorities said early Thursday.

Two people were seriously injured when a trailer home was destroyed in Dickey, in Calhoun County, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Fournier said. They had to be taken to a hospital but were conscious.

He said several other people received less serious injuries when trailer homes were overturned in Edison, also in Calhoun County.

A number of trees and power lines were also down in the area after the storm swept through.

It's almost certain that the damage was caused by a tornado, Fournier said. The weather service hoped to send a storm team to the area later Thursday to investigate.

Strong thunder storms that swept through the metro Atlanta area also downed some trees.

In Alabama, several trailer homes were damaged overnight in Montgomery County, National Weather Service meteorologist Gerald Satterwhite said. The storm did have some rotation but it was hard to tell if the damage was caused by a tornado or by straight-line winds, he said.

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