A tornado swept through the US state of Georgia on Sunday. Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency there. Several people were injured, some were trapped in their own homes. The element destroyed buildings and felled trees.
After Mississippi, where at least 26 people were killed by tornadoes before the weekend, the weather broke down in Georgia as well. There were no fatalities there. About 100 buildings were damaged, according to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, cited by local television WSB. Of these, 30-40 were completely destroyed. Authorities said schools would be closed on Monday. Three people were injured.
Following tornadoes and strong thunderstorms Governor Kemp declared a state of emergency in Georgia on Sunday.
Tornado in Georgia
“We are still monitoring the weather and working with local partners to address the damage. I am asking all Georgians to join us in praying for all those who have been affected [skutkami żywiołu – przyp. red] Kemp appealed.
WSB cites statements from residents affected by the tornado. One of them told of the complete destruction of the houses of two neighbors.
“By the grace of God they’re still alive,” he remarked.
The tree fell on the ambulance
A tree fell on an ambulance crew responding to a 911 call. As it fell, it shattered the car window.
“My life flashed before my eyes,” she said.
The Troup County Sheriff’s Office urged residents to stay off the road. Flood warnings have been issued in many Georgia counties. For people whose homes were damaged, the authorities prepared temporary shelters.
About 30 million Americans in the South and Southeast were at risk of severe storms on Sunday. Tornadoes, hail the size of tennis balls and wind gusts up to 112 kilometers per hour were predicted.
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