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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 4:05am

Rain, Strong Winds Sweep North Georgia

Updated: 3 years ago.
Areas of north Georgia were hit with heavy rain, winds, and possible tornadoes on Tuesday. (photo-Duane Tate)

State emergency officials say nearly 100 homes were damaged in north Georgia’s Cherokee County from severe weather that moved through Monday.

Twisters and heavy rains were the result of slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Lee that pushed through the northern portion of Georgia. Across parts of the region, there were flooded roads reported with downed power lines. Schools are closed in Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia because of flooding.

Forecasters say there’s a flood warning in effect for the northwest corner of the state, with a flash flood watch extending until noon Tueaday through far north Georgia down to a line from Rome to Gainesville.

There were incidents and damage in other parts of the state due to the rough weather.

In Monroe County, Georgia emergency officials say an 18-car pile-up just north of Macon was due to the bad weather.

Officials at Fort Stewart said a lightning strike sent about 22 soldiers to the hospital on Monday, with at least three kept overnight.

Fort Stewart spokesman Pat Young said the soldiers were on the post's Donovan Field in a large, mobile tent that may have been directly hit by lightning.

He said there were no initial reports of burns, and 18 of the soldiers were released back to active duty Monday evening.

Heavy rains flooded an apartment complex in Fort Oglethorpe in northwest Georgia, and 33 people were rescued by boat, Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ken Davis said. He said the American Red Cross had set up a shelter in Rossville.

He said most damage around the state involved downed trees and power lines.

National Weather Service forecasters say rain totals in parts of the state include over 10 inches in parts of northwest Georgia’s Walker County. And some sections of Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga counties totaled 6 to 8 inches of rain.

Forecasters say there’s a flood warning in effect for the northwest corner of the state, with a flash flood watch extending until noon Tueaday through far north Georgia down to a line from Rome to Gainesville.

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