Severe weather sweeps through U.S. southeast


Posted on November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011 – GEORGIA – Severe weather — including suspected tornadoes — swept through the South on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least four others, officials said. The fatality occurred in Forsyth County, Georgia, when a tree fell on a car, the fire department said. Four people were injured in Mississippi, but their injuries were not critical, according to National Weather Service reports. A possible tornado caused “major damage” to a mobile home park near Opelika, Alabama, with homes and vehicles demolished, the weather service said, citing an emergency manager in Lee County. It was not immediately known if anyone was injured. Downed trees, damaged homes and buildings, and power outages were reported across north, central and west Alabama and Georgia, including in metro Atlanta, from high winds and possible twisters. Georgia Power said it had 1,975 customers without power — 594 in metro Atlanta, 1,375 in the Manchester area, and scattered outages elsewhere. A high school in Harris County, Georgia, was also reported damaged. Eastern Alabama’s Lee County received “significant reports of damage,” said Rita Smith, a public information officer with Lee County Emergency Management. “We’ve got reports of damage at an apartment complex, structures at a lake, mobile homes and trees down,” she said. –CNN excerpt

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