GEORGIA — Severe storms and tornadoes took a deadly toll on northwest Georgia late Sunday and early Monday morning, with six people confirmed dead, according to media and public safety reports. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a statewide state of emergency Monday, following the severe storm damage across Georgia.
“We are praying for those who lost loved ones overnight and the families dealing with severe storm damage,” he said in a news release.
According to the Murray County Fire Department, five people were killed near Ridgeview Lane in Chatsworth, and several others were reported injured. The identities of the victims haven’t been released.
A man died early Monday morning in Cartersville when a tree fell on his bedroom, according to reports from multiple media outlets. His death is one of at least six reported in Georgia as severe weather tore through the Southeast late on Easter Sunday night, killing at least 18 throughout the region.
Several tornadoes are believed to have hit the area. Overnight, there were 40 tornado warnings issued across the state.
He said he’s working with state agencies and private partners to help people rebuild and recover from the damages.
The governor’s office said that as of Monday morning, 177,000 Georgians were without power. By 7:50 p.m. the number of outages stood at 30,267 statewide.
Kemp tweeted his condolences.
“This morning, several communities are grappling with serious storm damage, and I ask everyone to lift them up in prayer,” Kemp wrote. “Our hearts go out to the loved ones and friends of those we lost.”
Murray County Fire Chief Dewayne Bain told WAGA that the damage occurred around two mobile home parks. Adults from three separate homes died. Twenty-three people have been transported to the hospital for injuries, and four people are unaccounted for, Bain said.
Trees in the area were down and roads were blocked due to the storm. Murray County is about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta.
In Fulton County, a tornado was confirmed around 2:30 a.m. Monday near College Park and East Point, according to the National Weather Service. Trees fell onto cars and damaged property in the area.
In Upson County, winds were so strong that a house landed in the middle of Highway 74.
According to Georgia Power’s outage map, more than 150,000 people lost power in the state as of Monday morning. Restoration times varied.
A hazardous weather outlook had been issued Sunday for much of Georgia due to an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service had said that “environmental conditions indicate a possible severe weather outbreak for the forecast area.”
Damaging wind gusts, large hail, and strong, long-track tornadoes were predicted for Sunday.
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