Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storms Rip Costly Path in Georgia Buildings, Trees Fall; Tornado Strikes Ware

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storms Rip Costly Path in Georgia Buildings, Trees Fall; Tornado Strikes Ware

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Strong thunderstorms roared across much of Georgia yesterday,

ripping apart buildings, felling trees and pushing over farm

equipment.

A tornado touched down in Worth County west of Fitzgerald about

10:40 a.m. and tore through a farm supply business, the Worth

County Sheriff's Department said.

The storm wrecked grain bins, overturned a tractor-trailer and

damaged at least five dwellings, the Sheriff's Department said.

There were no injuries as of late afternoon.

But in Alabama, tornadoes, high wind and heavy rain killed six

people at two trailer parks yesterday.

As cleanup efforts began over miles of devastated rural

landscape in west-central Alabama, forecasters said a second

storm front was approaching, raising threats of severe flooding

and more tornadoes.

Four people died when a tornado struck trailer homes in Dallas

County north of Selma, Ala. Two more deaths were reported at a

trailer park in east Montgomery, about 50 miles east of Selma.

In Georgia, the Coffee County Sheriff's Department rushed to a

report of a funnel cloud south of Douglas at 3:10 p.m. but found

no structural damage. Although it is thought the funnel did not

touch down, the storm dropped trees across roads.

After the sighting and damage in Coffee County, the National

Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Bacon County and

southern Wayne County as the storm moved east. It moved into

McIntosh County shortly after 5 p.m.

The storm dropped heavy rain in Bacon County and blocked some

roads with trees, but there were no reports of structural

damages or injuries, the Bacon County Sheriff's Department said.

Elsewhere, strong storms damaged homes and businesses with high

winds and heavy rains. Only one minor injury was reported.

Much of western and central Georgia was under a tornado watch

until 1 p. …

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