Tifton Gazette

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January 11, 2014

Storms topple trees, prompt tornado watch in Ga.

ATLANTA —

Much of central Georgia was under a tornado watch as a line of powerful storms swept through the state, toppling trees and flooding streets.

Statewide, Georgia Power reported that more than 10,000 customers were without power Saturday morning.

More than 2,000 of the outages were in Rabun County in far northeast Georgia, with most of the rest scattered throughout north Georgia.

The storms prompted at least one tornado warning north of Atlanta, though there were no immediate reports of any confirmed twisters from the storms.

A tornado watch remained in effect until Saturday afternoon for several Georgia counties including Americus, Athens, Columbus, LaGrange, Macon and areas just south and southeast of Atlanta.

Flash flood warnings were also issued for DeKalb County and central Fulton County — including Atlanta — where forecasters warned that heavy rains would cause flooding of small creeks and streams, as well as streets and underpasses.

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