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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - North Georgia is preparing for another round of severe weather hours after an apparent tornado touched down in Troup County.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the Georgia counties of Lamar, Pike, and Upson was put into effect until 2 a.m. on and for Greene, Jasper, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Putnam was in effect until 1:30 a.m. on Monday.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Georgia counties Butts, Greene, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Pike, Putnam, Spalding, and Upson was in effect until 4 a.m. on Monday.
RELATED: Troup County officials give updates on tornado damage, recovery efforts.
Jeff Devis Road in Upson County is closed due to flooding, according to the Upson Emergency Management Agency.
Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency.
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According to officials, the American Red Cross of Georgia has opened a shelter in West Point due to severe storm damage. People in need of emergency assistance are asked to call 1-800 Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or go to RedCross.org.
Wellstar says one person is being treated at Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center for injuries related to the storm.
According to Troup County EMA officials, “multiple crews are out on search and rescue missions. Reports of multiple buildings destroyed, power lines down, and trees down blocking roads.”
The Spalding County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Chief Glenn Polk spoke to our Chief Meteorologist Jennifer Valdez about the severe weather and tornado warnings issued.
“Our hearts go out to our partners,” Polk said. “We’ve experienced a lot of severe thunderstorms this morning, We’re in our emergency headquarters monitoring everything. We did have a report of a fire that was caused by a lightning strike.”
West Point saw significant damage as severe weather struck Georgia Sunday morning.
Wellstar officials released a statement about the severe weather across Georgia saying in part:
A Tornado Watch for the Georgia counties of Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Troup & Upson was in effect until 1:00 PM this afternoon.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Georgia counties of Clarke, Greene, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam & Walton was in effect until 1:00 PM this afternoon.
The Troup County Sheriff’s Office posted on their social media page confirming that they’ve received multiple reports of trees down, damage to homes, and power lines down across the area. Authorities are warning people to stay off the roads.
The science behind forecasting severe weather has evolved over the past few decades and there is more warning than ever ahead of a tornado’s impact. However, there are still many things scientists are still working to define and understand. Not every tornado is accompanied by extensive, or warning, which is why it is especially important to stay in touch with the forecast and have a plan of action if a tornado threatens your area.
Where should you go during a Tornado Warning?
Seek shelter in an entire room, away from windows. Flying debris is the most dangerous part of a tornado. Putting as many walls between you and the outside elements will decrease your risk of being hit by flying debris. Wear a helmet. protecting your head from any flying debris is vital in a violent tornado. Covering yourself with pillows and/or a mattress can also reduce the impact of any flying debris that manages to make it into your safe place.
It is important to enact your plan if your area is placed under a Tornado Warning.
As severe weather continues in these and other parts of our state, we urge Georgians to be mindful of how they can best keep themselves and their families safe.— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) March 26, 2023
Stay tuned to local news outlets and take necessary precautions throughout the day. https://t.co/0lz1Wkk8dS
Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Warrenton GA and Camak GA until 9:00 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/sGtrpsx6A1— NWS Atlanta (@NWSAtlanta) March 26, 2023
Join us right now @ATLNewsFirst for the latest on this morning's severe weather with @JenValdezTV and @Cjacobazzi_wx. We have crews headed to areas where there are reports of damage.— Meghan Packer (@MeghanPacker) March 26, 2023
Active morning across parts of North Georgia with multiple severe thunderstorm warnings in effect pic.twitter.com/Chfr1S1ww2— Courteney Jacobazzi (@Cjacobazzi_wx) March 26, 2023
According to LaGrange police officials, there is “not much storm damage in their town, few trees down and flooding, the lower level of LaGrange PD Station flooded this morning and since been clear, most damage is South of LaGrange.”
Extra emergency crews were called in to assist in Troup County, officials added.
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