Residents of Talbotton, Ga. pray together outside a home destroyed by a tornado the day after storms battered Alabama and Georgia.
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Residents of Talbotton, Ga. pray together outside a home destroyed by a tornado the day after storms battered Alabama and Georgia.

Communities in West Georgia have been declared in states of emergency by Gov. Brian Kemp following tornadoes that battered the region Sunday, and an emergency shelter has opened that can accommodate 100 people.

As GPB’s Grant Blankenship reports from the city of Talbotton, some of the losses were generational.

Two separate residential areas in Talbotton were slammed by a tornado. And while homes were ripped apart and at least in once case spun on their foundations, there were no major injuries.

A tangle of oak limbs blocked the path to Allen Dwyers once two story home in Talbotton. At 80 and with heart trouble,  he’s was making  his way through the mess with the help of neighbors to see what was left of this home built in 1850.

"It’s been in my family….I’d have to sit and think….a long, long time," Dwyer said. "Made it 160 years, then Mother Nature took care of it."

As Dwyer resumed his way up the hill, a helicopter bearing the Georgia governor flew over. Somehow left unharmed in an area of high damage was an antebellum home that appeared in the film "Gone with the Wind."

By early afternoon Monday, 25 people were in a Red Cross emergency shelter in Talbotton that can accommodate 100 people.

The view down one of two main roads leading into Talbotton that were heavily damaged by a tornado Sunday.
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The view down one of two main roads leading into Talbotton that were heavily damaged by a tornado Sunday.

Allen Dwyer, center, makes his way with the help of a neighbor up to what's left of his 160 year old home, destroyed in a tornado Sunday in Talbotton.
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Allen Dwyer, center, makes his way with the help of a neighbor up to what's left of his 160 year old home, destroyed in a tornado Sunday in Talbotton.

A lineman unloads a new power pole while a neighbor sharpens a chainsaw blade in an area of tornado destruction in Talbotton.
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A lineman unloads a new power pole while a neighbor sharpens a chainsaw blade in an area of tornado destruction in Talbotton.

A lineman works to restore power in Talbotton Monday after a tornado came through west Georgia.
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A lineman works to restore power in Talbotton Monday after a tornado came through west Georgia.

This home in Talbotton spun 180 degrees before the tornado let it rest. None of the family in the home were harmed.
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This home in Talbotton spun 180 degrees before the tornado let it rest. None of the family in the home were harmed.

Neighbors and family pick through debris for valuables and keepsakes in what was left of a Talbotton home.
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Neighbors and family pick through debris for valuables and keepsakes in what was left of a Talbotton home.

A boy burns scraps of wood from a destroyed home in a barrel fire. Temperatures stayed in the 40s in the area following Sunday's storms.
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A boy burns scraps of wood from a destroyed home in a barrel fire. Temperatures stayed in the 40s in the area following Sunday's storms.

One of the historic homes destroyed by the storm in Talbotton.
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One of the historic homes destroyed by the storm in Talbotton.