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8:39 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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By Eve Chen

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Severe thunderstorms slammed parts of Metro Atlanta from much of the day Wednesday, and five tornadoes touched down, causing lots of damage across the region.

The National Weather Service said five counties -- Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Paulding and Gilmer -- each saw a tornado on Wednesday.

Richard Cooper, the Gordon County Emergency Management Director says eight people were injured, two of them critically in the storm that struck near Calhoun.

He estimates 250-300 homes with damage, with a third being destroyed.

Storms began to make their way across the area Wednesday morning, bring high winds and heavy rains, first from the western portions of the area and then spreading across the Metro area through the remainder of the day.

One tornado struck Bartow County, causing heavy damage in and around Adairsville just before midday. That same storm system moved into Gordon County, bringing additional damage to areas near Calhoun.
Storm damage in Bartow and Gordon counties prompted Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to declare both counties a disaster area.

With the damage in Adairsville, a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been put into effect there. In addition, Adairsville is under a boil water advisory until further notice.

Heavy rains spread across the region, prompting flash flood watches and warnings across north Georgia. Flooding in some areas resulted in road closures across the region. Some flooding and standing water resulted in lane closures on Metro Atlanta interstates, including the off ramp from Interstate 85 at Camp Creek Parkway, near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, causing havoc for air travelers.


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