A series of furious storms roared through the Southeast on Sunday, killing at least 18 people, splintering homes and toppling trees and power lines in the path.
Officials said 14 people were killed in Georgia.
Catherine Howden, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, said Sunday evening that three deaths were confirmed in Georgia’s Dougherty County, and local officials said search and rescue operations were underway after a reported tornado caused widespread destruction in the county.
Before the three latest deaths were confirmed, Georgia officials had reported 12 deaths statewide, but Howden said one of those was reported in error.
The Georgia tragedies pushed the two-day death toll from a wall of storms and tornadoes to 18. Four people died Saturday in southern Mississippi, when a tornado left a trail of devastation in and around Hattiesburg.
On Sunday, damaging storms were reported from South Carolina to northern Florida.
The National Weather Service said late Sunday afternoon that a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located about 21 miles north of Carrabelle, Fla., on the state's Gulf Coast, about 50 miles southwest of Tallahassee. The storm was moving northeast at 55 mph, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. A tornado watch for 30 counties in north and central Florida was extended until 8 p.m.
In south central Georgia, Karen Moore survived when an apparent tornado destroyed a swath of the Sunshine Acres Mobile Home Park in the Cook County seat of Adel. She said the storm woke her up before dawn Sunday.Read More...
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