A strong storm whipped through parts of Georgia Wednesday afternoon, leaving behind a trail of damage. (WRDW-TV)
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton has identified the man who was killed in a suspected tornado as 51-year-old Anthony Raines.
Guyton says Raines was lying in bed in his Adairsville mobile home when a tree crashed through the roof and crushed him Wednesday.
As of Wednesday night, Raines' death was the only confirmed fatality in the storm that swept across Georgia and left nearly 12,500 in the state without power as of 7 p.m.
Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in Bartow and Gordon Counties, and a boil water advisory was issued in Adairsville -- about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta.
The Red Cross established an emergency shelter in Bartow County, and department of transportation officials said standing water blocked lanes and entrance ramps on several highways.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in Bartow and Gordon counties, areas that were hardest hit during a suspected tornado.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English says the Red Cross has opened shelters to serve up to 35 people in Bartow County Wednesday. The storm killed one person in Adairsville and nine others were injured in Bartow County. State Route 140 was closed through the county as crews worked to repair fallen power lines and I-75 had reopened by 5 p.m.
Deal says eight people were injured in Gordon County and two of the injured were in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say no one has been reported missing after the storm, and crews hope to complete search and rescue efforts by 10 p.m.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)