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Death toll rises to 15, at least 43 injured following SWGA storms

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The death toll in Southwest Georgia after severe weather swept through the area has now risen to 15. (Source: WALB) The death toll in Southwest Georgia after severe weather swept through the area has now risen to 15. (Source: WALB)
Two people lost their lives while inside a mobile home (Source: WALB) Two people lost their lives while inside a mobile home (Source: WALB)
Jessie James Newsome and Bettie Lee Newsome were killed in Brooks County (Source: Family) Jessie James Newsome and Bettie Lee Newsome were killed in Brooks County (Source: Family)
Multiple deaths and injuries were reported (Source: Tiffany Santana) Multiple deaths and injuries were reported (Source: Tiffany Santana)
Damage to homes were reported all over SWGA (Source: WALB) Damage to homes were reported all over SWGA (Source: WALB)
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    Lowndes County is expecting the worst weather to come at about 1 p.m. The Emergency Management Agency will open a shelter at 12 p.m. at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center. The National Weather Service increased the risk of severe weather forecast from "enhanced" to "high" for the area.

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    Lowndes County is expecting the worst weather to come at about 1 p.m. The Emergency Management Agency will open a shelter at 12 p.m. at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center. The National Weather Service increased the risk of severe weather forecast from "enhanced" to "high" for the area.

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    Governor Deal includes 9 more SWGA counties in state of emergency

    Monday, January 23 2017 4:57 PM EST2017-01-23 21:57:04 GMT
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    Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for nine more SWGA counties impacted by the severe weather.  

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    DCSS announces return date for students

    DCSS announces return date for students

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        After deadly storms swept through south Georgia over the weekend, Dougherty County Schools have been out, now DCSS has announced a return date for students.

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          • STATUS REPORT: Officials announce damage and power outages

            STATUS REPORT: Officials announce damage and power outages

            Monday, January 23 2017 8:05 PM EST2017-01-24 01:05:23 GMT
            Damage and outages were reported all over SWGA (Source: WALB)Damage and outages were reported all over SWGA (Source: WALB)

            Residents and city officials have reported damage in several parts of SWGA. The Crisp County sheriff's office took to Facebook to pass on reports of damage. There were numerous reports of trees down, two houses were damaged, traffic lights down and minor street flooding.

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            Residents and city officials have reported damage in several parts of SWGA. The Crisp County sheriff's office took to Facebook to pass on reports of damage. There were numerous reports of trees down, two houses were damaged, traffic lights down and minor street flooding.

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          • Shelters open up all over SWGA

            Shelters open up all over SWGA

            Monday, January 23 2017 1:32 PM EST2017-01-23 18:32:37 GMT
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            As severe storms continue to roll through SWGA, many places have opened up to provide shelter for residents in need.

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          • TRAFFIC ALERT: Roads flooded after rain

            TRAFFIC ALERT: Roads flooded after rain

            Sunday, January 22 2017 7:01 PM EST2017-01-23 00:01:19 GMT
            Officials have closed down a few roads and intersections (WALB image)Officials have closed down a few roads and intersections (WALB image)

            A few roads and intersections in SWGA have been impacted by flooding.

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            A few roads and intersections in SWGA have been impacted by flooding.

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          ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

          The two people who died in Brooks County during the severe weather that hit Southwest Georgia have been identified.

          Officials confirmed that Jessie James Newsome and Bettie Lee Newsome were the two people killed in Brooks County.

          The deputy coroner confirmed multiple fatalities and multiple injuries following storms in Cook County early Sunday morning. Seven total fatalities were confirmed.

          The Berrien County Sheriff's Office confirmed at least two people died during the storm.

          The Dougherty County coroner has confirmed that 4 people are dead in the area, bringing the total to 15 deaths in Southwest Georgia.

          Damage reported so far after the storms

          Injured patients from Adel & Tifton were transported to South Georgia Medical Center. Cook Medical Center, a campus of Tift Regional Medical Center in Adel, received 11 victims for treatment of minor lacerations and contusions. Seven patients were treated and later discharged.

          Two patients were admitted to Cook Medical Center and remain under observation. One patient was transferred to Tift Regional Medical Center, and another patient has been transferred to South Georgia Medical Center.

          Tift Regional Medical Center received three patients. One was treated and later discharged, while two were transferred to a Navicent Health in Macon.

          Both Cook Medical Center and Tift Regional Medical Center are on standby and are accepting any patients who may need treatment.

          At least three injuries were confirmed in Thomas County.

          The Turner County EMA Director Mark Robinson has reported that 20 to 25 people have been hurt, bringing the total number of injuries reported so far to at least 43. A shelter will be opened at the Turner County Civic Center which is located at 354 Lamar Street.

          Any families seeking information about missing individuals are urged to contact the Adel First Assembly of God located at 1601 Massee Post Road at (229) 896-3935 or (229) 561-2875. First Baptist Church of Adel located at 200 East 5th Street can be contacted at (229) 561-1201. Both churches have been designated as a shelter.

          MORE COVERAGE HERE:
          FIRST ALERT: Schools and universities set to close, delay opening

          Shelters open up all over SWGA
          STATUS REPORT: Officials announce damage and power outages
          Governor Deal declares statewide emergency risk

          NWS increases Lowndes severe weather risk
          TRAFFIC ALERT: Roads flooded after rain
          Facebook activates Safety Check for Albany after storms

          Both people were in the same home in Barney that was displaced into Hwy 122.

          The sheriff's office said a mobile home at Airline and Centennial Road was destroyed with a man inside.

          Water rose in the Albany area, and initial reports said the East side of Albany sustained some damage.

          Some roads in Albany were impacted by flooding. You can see the list here.

          Here's a break down of the storms:

          • The first round of strong-severe storms was expected Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. This line of storms mostly just produced heavy rain, wind and some hail.
          • Round two has the best chance of producing tornadoes, damaging wind, and large hail. Storms will move through the area from 10 p.m. Saturday until to 5 a.m. Sunday. There’s a 30 percent chance of damaging winds, 15 percent chance of large hail, and a 5 percent chance of a tornado. This is when the enhanced risk levels will cover most of southwest GA. Localized flash flooding will also be possible.
          • Round three of the severe storms is forecast to blast through south Georgia on Sunday between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. This could come as a line of storms and/or as supercell storms. The greatest threat will be east of a line from Blakely and Cuthbert to Plains. Severe threats will be equal to round two, but because the event is farther in the future, confidence is not a high as round two. Although this could be the worst round for the eastern communities. The severe threat should finally end by sunset. Non-thunderstorm winds are expected to be quite gusty through Monday at speeds of 30-35 mph as the center of the storm bombs over north Georgia.
          • The latest watches and warnings will be updated here.

          We will be keeping you updated on air and online.

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