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Tornadoes rip through south Georgia

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December 24, 2002

(Leesburg-AP) -- Heavy rain and tornadoes have damaged homes in southwest Georgia as storms moved across the state.

Roofs were torn from several homes in Leesburg in southwest Georgia but no one was hurt. One person was hurt by storms in nearby Early County, where two mobile homes were damaged.

The National Weather Service reported at least three tornadoes this morning in the areas of Albany, Blakely and Sylvester in southwest Georgia.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Buzz Weiss says that six homes were damaged in Lee County, and a house was damaged in Calhoun County.

High winds in northwest Albany resulted in snapped trees and downed power lines. One man on Byron Plantation woke to the storm and saw frightening sparks outside his window.

The Early County Sheriff about 8:00 a.m., north of Blakely around Highway 27, there was a line of damage about one mile wide and five miles long. The storm damaged a couple of mobile homes and farm buildings and knocked down numerous power lines, but no one was hurt.

The National Weather Service says there have been several Reports of tornadoes touching down in the areas of Albany, Blakely And Sylvester in southwest Georgia.

Heavy rain also fell across Georgia today. The weather service Estimates two to two-and-a-half inches of rain will fall for a 24-hour-period. But the rain will clear up on Christmas Day.

The weather service issued tornado warnings for Clay, Calhoun, Early Worth, Lee, Brooks, Thomas, Tift and Dougherty counties.

The worst tornado damage was in southeast Alabama, where at least eight people were slightly injured after an apparent tornado knocked out power lines, damaged at least four mobile homes and turned over small airplanes at an air field.

North Georgia also received heavy rains, swelling creeks and causing a rash of wrecks in the light morning rush hour.

posted at 1:45PM by dave.miller@walb.com