1 dead, 7 injured as severe storms pelt Ga., Ala.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 9:42 AM
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ATLANTA - One person was killed and at least 16 were injured when fierce thunderstorms swept Georgia and Alabama with tornadoes, hail and lighting, downing trees and power lines, authorities said today.

The National Weather Service planned to send out teams to check on possible tornado touchdowns after the severe weather front moved through from Wednesday afternoon into the night.

In Alabama, an apparent tornado uprooted trees in Geneva near the Florida line. No injuries were reported.

In Georgia, Kent McMullen, a meteorologist with the weather service in Peachtree City, said the reported death was in the Hancock County town of Sparta, about 70 miles west of Augusta. Authorities have not released the person's name.

A spokesman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said three others were injured in Hancock County.

GEMA spokesman Buzz Weiss said 10 people were injured in Thomas County and as many as 100 structures were damaged in Jasper County.

The storms also damaged at least two schools in Fayette County south of Atlanta.

Two people were reported injured in Spalding County and one each in Coweta and Putnam counties. The Coweta County injury was from a lightning strike.

Georgia Power Co. reported that more than 4,000 customers lost power at the height of the storms Wednesday night, with all but about 60 restored by this morning.

Meanwhile, Georgia's Electric Membership Corporations restored power to nearly 9,400 customers who lost it Wednesday night. Crews worked this morning to reconnect a couple of hundred customers in Jasper and Spalding counties after about 30 utility poles were broken in the storm.

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FallingLeaves 02/19/09 - 11:54 am
I was surprised to hear

I was surprised to hear several businesses downtown suffered a lot of damage during the last series of storms that went through here before yesterday. I think it was New Savannah Road. Surprised I didn't hear anything about it, these were businesses that have been here for decades. I guess they don't matter. Not newsworthy?

wise ole man
wise ole man 02/19/09 - 12:05 pm
May GOD be with the families

May GOD be with the families involved in this terrible storm and GOD be with the family of the person killed.

FAIR TAX Now 02/19/09 - 01:48 pm
Even though I live in the

Even though I live in the CSRA now. This area of Hancock County is extremely close to where I grew up. The Hickory Grove Baptist Church that was destroyed I have known all my life. I feel very sad for the family that lost their loved one and for the members of that church that totally lost their place of worship. May God Bless all of you.

Radwaste 02/19/09 - 03:07 pm
That's interesting. Who sent

That's interesting. Who sent the storm?

acisbiasedandsucs 02/19/09 - 06:09 pm
Bush sent this storm--- dam

Bush sent this storm--- dam him !

Achangeontheway 02/20/09 - 11:33 am
My thoughts and prayers go

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Baker family and to families who lifes will forever be change by this act of God. I pray that we all learn that all the things we call our treasures can be gone in the blink of and eye, yet God is so power he can restore it as if you never knew it was missing. Hickory Grove Bapt. Church was totally destroy by the strom, that was my family Church for long as I can remember. I just want Rev. Curry and the people of Hancock County to know that God is still in the restortation business and stand on your faith. God hasn't forsaken you and we may not understand now but God is a live and present for all to see. Just trust. Again my prayers are with all the families and surrounding areas and especially the Bakers. Keep your eyes on the vision, a people without vision will perish. God bless and keep all of you.

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