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Tornado confirmed in Georgia

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:42 AM
Last updated 6:04 PM
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ATLANTA — Forecasters have confirmed that an EF2 tornado touched down in an area of western Georgia.

National Weather Service meteorologist Trisha Palmer says the twister touched down in an area of Troup County around 7 p.m. Monday and traveled about 5.5 miles before it lifted in Heard County. Palmer says the tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes.

The tornado's top wind speed was roughly 120 mph and Palmer says the storm caused damage to between four and six homes in the area.

Palmer says forecasters spoke with local emergency management officials and no injuries have been reported. The area the tornado hit was primarily rural and Palmer says the storm caused extensive tree damage.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in Georgia overnight, freeing up state resources for storm response.

In preparation for severe storms that have caused extensive damage in states to the west, Deal declared the state of emergency, which will free up all state resources needed for preparation and response in the counties targeted by the storm.

“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” Deal said in a statement released last night. “Georgia is threatened at least through tomorrow and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.

“The state is sending the latest weather information we have available to affected schools districts, so that they can make informed decisions as they plan ... I recommend that Georgians download the Ready Georgia app, follow GEMA on Twitter and tune in to media reports as the weather develops,” the statement said.

The state of emergency will extend until the threat subsides.

POWER OUTAGE TIPS

As a reminder from Georgia Power Company, if you lose power during the storms expected later tonight and into tomorrow, please access the online outage map tool for updated outage information at www.georgiapower.com/storm.  Customers can also call 888-891-0938.

  • The map includes known outages across the state, how many customers are affected and more. Users can also search for outages by county and zip code, as well as see how weather might be affecting service.
  • Customers are encouraged to sign up for “Outage Alerts” on the Web site, which will automatically notify them via phone, text or email when there is a service interruption at their home and provide them with updates.
  • The Web site also includes useful information, such as safety tips and links to emergency resources, to help Georgians prepare and plan for severe weather.
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bdouglas 04/29/14 - 11:53 am
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Seems odd this is still

Seems odd this is still featured at the top of the home page, but it expired nearly 2 hours ago. No tornado watches active in GA at almost 1PM.

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