Powerful storms peeled the roof from a store, toppled a tree onto a home and knocked out power to thousands of residents. National Weather Service forecasters said possible tornadoes had been spotted in Tallapoosa and other areas in the region, and crews were planning to survey damage on Friday.
Forecasters say strong to severe thunderstorms are expected Thursday afternoon into Friday morning across Georgia. The National Weather Service said the storms are expected mainly in the form of a squall line with damaging winds.
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.
Tornado victims in northwest Georgia are reporting thefts and scams in the wake of last week's deadly storms. There are six reports. When deadly storms last week cut power in Nortwest Georgia, public libraries helped fill a void. The downtown library in Rome had power for days when more rural areas did not.
The tornadoes and thunderstorms that tore through the South Wednesday and Thursday morning left a mess for residents and state and local governments to clean up. Cleaning experts offer suggestions as residents begin to recover.
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has updated his damage estimate from this week’s storms. Georgia Power says about 1,100 customers around Georgia were still without power Thursday morning, mostly in the eastern part of the state.