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South Georgia pounded with deadly storms

March 1, 2007

South Georgia was pounded with dangerous and deadly storms. And the bad weather isn't behind us yet.

The worst weather hit Sumter County where damage is severe and at least two people are dead. At this time, two people are known dead in Americus, and one person was killed in Taylor County. There are several injuries in Americus. The GSP says there are "multiple fatalities" in Baker County.

One viewer reports that the Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Americus was not affected.

We know of significant damage in several counties west of Albany, Clay, Randolph, Stewart, Quitman, and Webster as well as Sumter County where a tornado hit downtown and damaged numerous homes and businesses including Sumter Regional Hospital.

Earlier this afternoon, that same storm system ripped through Alabama. At least 7 people were killed there, including 5 at Enterprise High School. Students were huddled in hallways when a tornado hit. A roof collapsed in one hallway.

An apparent tornado hit in Richland late Thursday afternoon.

We don't know of any injuries, but there is damage, and Highway 520 was blocked for a short while.

Jamie Sullivan of the GSP says that if you are at home, it's best to stay there, because emergency crews are on the roads, and the weather is bad. There is a command post at the fire station.

Our crews tell us that damage is widespread, and in many cases severe. Many power lines and phone lines are damaged. Cell phone service is sporadic in the Americus area.