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Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 7:21am

Storm Damage In North Georgia

A strong storm system swept across north Georgia on Friday, prompting a series of tornado warnings and a report that a home in Haralson County had collapsed.

One person was injured in the collapse and was trapped for about an hour by debris, Haralson County Fire Chief Brian Walker said late Friday. No other serious injuries were reported. Power lines and trees were down throughout the northern part of the county, Walker said.

“It’s been a very busy night for us,”Walker said. “We urge residents to stay off the roads.”

Jessica Fieux, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said it appeared a possible tornado had moved from Haralson into Paulding County. North Georgia remained under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. Saturday.
Local authorities were surveying damage from the line of storms late Friday night, said Lisa Janak, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. There were reports of trees knocked down in Cobb County.

At least 10 homes and the roof at Poole Elementary were damaged in Paulding County, she said.

“This is still a very active system,” Janak said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that several planes were damaged at the Paulding County Airport, said Mary Ann Phipps, a spokeswoman for the county’s fire department and emergency management agency. About 300 gallons of fuel spilled at the airport, she said.

Paulding County Sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Ashley Henson said some homes were damaged in the storm. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

A Georgia Power spokeswoman said more than 1,400 customers within the state went without electricity until shortly after midnight.

There were also no immediate reports of damage in Floyd County, which had also been under a tornado warning, said county emergency management chief Scotty Hancock.

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