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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 2:17am

Tornado Watch Through Monday Afternoon

A tornado watch covered several counties in western and central Georgia as storms moved into the state from Alabama.

The National Weather Service said the tornado watch would be in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for 26 Georgia counties.

Several northwest Georgia cities were included in the watch area, including Cartersville, Dalton and Rome.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Carol Boatright said there were about 750 customers with storm-related outages statewide early Monday, about 400 of them in northwest Georgia.

The severe weather threat comes as several Georgians continue clean-up efforts after powerful storms dropped hail and toppled trees. WSB-TV reports that one tree narrowly missed a woman holding her 18-month-old boy when it crashed through a bedroom wall of their home on Shenfield Drive in north Fulton County on Saturday.

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