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Six killed in So. Ga. storms

^Laurel Road in Mystic, at 9:00 this morning. Photo by Terri D. Creech. ^Laurel Road in Mystic, at 9:00 this morning. Photo by Terri D. Creech.
^The drum set fared better than the Mitchell Co. church that surrounded it. ^The drum set fared better than the Mitchell Co. church that surrounded it.
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March 20, 2003
by Dave Miller

South Georgia-- At least six people have been killed by tornadoes and high winds that passed through South Georgia overnight, and this morning. Four people have been reported killed in Mitchell County, and two members of the same family died in Southwest Worth County.

In Worth County, we have other reports of damaged homes on Evergreen and Herring Roads. and near Bridgeboro.

Mitchell County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Deborah Godwin says the storm hit around 5:00 a.m., and followed the same path that a tornado did in February 2000.

In Camilla, the 1st Assembly of God, located on old Georgia Highway 3 and Timmons Funeral home on US 19 are both reported to be destroyed.  Trailers are reportedly blown away and torn apart, and people are missing in the Blackberry Road area in Mitchell County off Highway 93.

In the Crystal Lake Road area and on McCullough Lane outside Irwinville in Irwin county, trees have been uprooted, and some farm buildings are reported damaged.

Also trees and power lines are reported down on 107, near Ben Hill County.

A spokesman for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany says two people have been brought there for treatment and more are expected. Ten more people have been taken to a hospital in Mitchell County.  

WALB will have more information on these events later in the day.

Emergency teams have rescued 17 campers trapped by flooding waters in Jackson County in northeast Georgia. Jackson County Emergency Management Deputy Director David Murphy says rescue crews from Jackson, Banks and Gwinnett counties were part of the three-hour rescue effort.

He says most of the campers were on top of their campers after water rose to about eight feet at the campsite following heavy rain yesterday. Crews used boats to rescue them. The campers were taken to a medical center for observation, but only minor injuries were reported.

 The campground flooded after a dam burst on a nearby creek.

updated at 11:25AM by dave.miller@walb.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.