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Thousands of Georgians without power after storms

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ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands of Georgians are without power in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday after rain, hail and heavy winds buffeted parts of Georgia.

The storm was part of a system that moved across Alabama earlier Monday and hammered areas of the state with high winds, quarter-sized hail and heavy rain.

Trees and power lines were down throughout areas of northwest Georgia.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, but crews worked through the night to trim that number to fewer than 22,000 by early Tuesday morning.

In the Coastal region, Georgia Power is reporting 62 customers without power Tuesday, 27 in Swainsboro, 18 in Savannah, and 17 in Springfield.

The National Weather Service reported a store was destroyed and 12 homes were damaged between Cave Spring and Silver Creek, south of Rome in Floyd County.

Officials said power lines had also fallen onto a vehicle on Padlock Mountain Road in Cave Spring. The National Weather Service reported six people in Floyd County suffered minor injuries in the storm.

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