The day after: Damage left behind after EF-2 tornado strikes Cook Co.

Cook Co. residents recover after an EF-2 tornado
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 10:56 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 11:37 PM EST
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ADEL, Ga. (WALB) - Storms that went through Southwest Georgia on Sunday left behind damage to deal with on Monday morning.

The majority of the damage is in Cook County after the National Weather Service believes a tornado touched down — six years to the exact date a deadly EF-3 tornado claimed the lives of seven people in Cook County.

The National Weather Service has now confirmed the tornado that touched down on Sunday was an EF-2.

Heavy damage was reported in the Kent Thomas subdivision, according to Johnnie West, Cook County Emergency Management Agency director. There are destroyed buildings and homes and several other homes with major damage.

A great deal of damage was also reported from Highway 41 in Adel to the Berrien County line.

Cleanup efforts are underway. Some may say it is a “crazy coincidence” since that tornado came six years to the date of the last deadly tornado in the same area.

Residents in Adel found themselves walking the streets to get to their homes as roads were blocked off. Power has been intentionally turned off for safety and the entire community is coming together to continue the cleanup.

“I came down Kent Drive and I only got down to the first road and all fire people, the police, emergency people, they were all over the place. They had the road blocked, trees were down all over the place. But they’ve been working all night, the cleanup people, Cook County, the sheriff’s department, the police department. I’m just so thankful for them,” Randy Gilbert, an Adel resident, said.

Gilbert said although some homes in the area are damaged, he’s just grateful for no loss of life.

When WALB News 10 spoke with several residents in the area, they said everything happened so fast. They said their power has been out since 5 p.m. on Sunday. They also said they’re appreciative of all of the crews who’s been assisting and helping them through this terrible nightmare.