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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 3:02am

Storms Leave Thousands Without Power

Thousands of Georgians were without power in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday after rain, hail and heavy winds buffeted parts of Georgia.

Trees and power lines were down throughout areas of northwest Georgia.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, but crews worked through the night to trim that number to fewer than 30,000 by early Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service reported a store was destroyed and 12 homes were damaged between Cave Spring and Silver Creek, south of Rome in Floyd County.

Officials said power lines had also fallen onto a vehicle on Padlock Mountain Road in Cave Spring. The National Weather Service reported six people in Floyd County suffered minor injuries in the storm.

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