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Tornado leaves Adairsville man dead, homes and businesses destroyed


Residents of Poplar Spring Road in Adairsville said once the wind started to pick up they had only seconds to get to safety as a tornado came barreling through town Wednesday.

Many took cover in the basement or interior rooms as their homes shook and creaked.

"I was very terrified, I had to get under the table because the house just shook and I was praying, 'Lord let this pass, please let this pass,'" Lucille McConnell said.

Just down the street, McConnell's neighbors were also running for cover.

"I said, 'look out there, it is going,' and I said 'bathroom, we are going to the bathroom,'" Mary Carreathers said. "The house was kind of shaking you know. I said, 'thank God my family is safe,' I said, 'thank you Jesus.' This has been one frightening experience."

One man died in his trailer on Cass Street when a tree fell on him while he was watching TV.  Anthony Raines, 51, could not move in time before the tree struck the middle of the home.

Crews worked through the night to restore snapped power poles and lift trees off of downed lines.

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