According to a report, the sole victim of a deadly tornado in Georgia was a 5-year-old boy. At least six others have died as a result of tornadoes in Alabama.
In Butts County, a tree fell on a vehicle containing the boy, who died, and an adult, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to TBEN 5 Atlanta.
Butts County is about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta.
TBEN News Digital reached out to county coroner Lacey Prue but didn’t get an immediate response.
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At least half a dozen tornadoes were reported Thursday in Georgia and around the Atlanta and DeKalb County areas. At least 200,000 customers lost power during the severe storms, which also wreaked havoc, TBEN Weather reported.
According to a Georgia power outage map, the thousands of residents left without power include 5,675 in Henry County, 1,965 in Liberty County, 1,480 in Clayton County, 826 in Morgan County, 721 in Spalding County, 712 in Coweta County, 664 in Tift County, 580 in Monroe County, 471 in Gwinnett County, and 461 in Butts County.
Cobb Fire and Emergency Services crews spent much of the afternoon surveying the damage and clearing roads in the Atlanta metro area blocked by fallen trees.
TBEN Weather also reported about 50 miles south of Atlanta, the Griffin Fire Department reported that several buildings were damaged from a confirmed tornado that passed through Spalding County.
Video recorded in Griffin showed extensive damage to a Hobby Lobby store. In the video, the store’s roof comes off at the corner as items in the store are flung wildly.
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency earlier in the day.
“Throughout this evening, Marty’s and my thoughts will return to those impacted by today’s severe storms and tornadoes,” Kemp said Thursday afternoon, referring to his wife, First Lady of Georgia Marty Kemp.
He added: “I have declared a state of emergency and ordered all relevant agencies to respond with an all-hands-on-deck approach to affected communities.”
In a tweet, Kemp confirmed that disaster response teams have begun assessing the damage caused by the tornadoes. He has also asked community members for their thoughts and prayers.
“Crews are actively responding to the damage caused by today’s storms,” he wrote Wednesday evening. “As we continue to meet the needs of affected communities and citizens, Marty and I ask everyone to keep their fellow Georgians and first responders in their thoughts and prayers.”
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The destructive weather was felt across Georgia’s western border as several tornadoes were also reported in Alabama. Storms devastated the center of the state, killing at least six people, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said.
“I am sorry to learn that six Alabamians were lost to the storms that ravaged our state,” Ivey said. “My prayers are with their loved ones and communities. We are far too familiar with devastating weather, but our people are resilient. We will get through it and be stronger.”
The deaths were reported in Autauga County, the state’s hardest hit area, outside the capital of Montgomery.
Autauga County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed to TBEN News Digital that there were at least six fatalities from the storms. Authorities have not released details of how the individuals died.
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Tornado Emergency Warnings have been issued statewide.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Emergency Warning, warning people to get out of the storm’s path and only travel when it is safe to do so.
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“You are in a life-threatening situation,” the NWS said. “Flying debris can kill those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be destroyed. Significant damage to homes, businesses and vehicles is likely and complete destruction is possible.”
Storm damage has been reported in Mississippi, Kentucky and several other states.
Sarah Rumpf of TBEN News and The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report.