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Georgia Struck With Deadly Weekend Storms

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A woman holds a child while walking through a farm that was damaged by a tornado, in Adel, Ga. AP /Branden Camp

At least 19 people were killed, 15 of them in Georgia, after a series of storms and possible tornadoes raced through the Deep South, devastating rural and suburban communities, and leaving more than 5,000 people without power.

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler said that a total of four people died Sunday in the county that includes Albany. Some 60 miles away, Coroner Tim Purvis in south Georgia’s Cook County confirmed seven people died at the mobile home park in the rural community of Adel, where about half of the 40 homes were leveled.

The 15 killed in south Georgia included two deaths each in the counties of Berrien and Brooks.

In South Carolina, the National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck over the weekend, injuring one woman who was trapped in a mobile home that was damaged near Blackville. The weather service says a tornado touched down about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in Barnwell County and moved into Bamberg County. The other occurred in Orangeburg County a few minutes later.

Weather experts say tornadoes can hit any time of year in the South — including in the dead of winter. Even north Florida was under the weekend weather threat.

“Trailers are just flat, just laid on top of people,” rescue worker Debbie Van Brackel told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday. “You need a bulldozer to pull it off. Trailers are upside down.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in seven counties throughout central Georgia. President Trump has pledged federal help for the damaged areas.


Image: A woman holds a child while walking through a farm that was damaged by a tornado, in Adel, Ga. AP /Branden Camp