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.
Forecasters say isolated storms are expected across much of Georgia late Thursday into Friday morning. The National Weather Service projects that the main threats from the storms will be damaging wind, large hail, heavy rain and lightning.
Authorities believe a tornado swelled to 900 yards wide -- more than four times the width of the Georgia Dome -- as it tore across northwest Georgia for nearly 22 miles. National Weather Service officials said the Wednesday twister had an estimated peak wind speed of 160 mph when it slammed into Adairsville.
Violent storms raked the Southeast Wednesday, leaving two dead, including a Georgia man. In Adairsville, a massive storm front that tore across several states left a wake a destruction, unleashing tornadoes and dangerous winds that flipped cars and destroyed homes and businesses.