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Southeast US Storms Kill 15, Injures Dozens

22 Jan 2017, 12:30 pm

Severe storms continue to hammer the Southeast, prompting the governor of Georgia to declared a state of emergency in seven counties that have suffered deaths, injuries and severe damage from weekend storms. On Sunday, authorities said 15 people were dead, with dozens more injured.

The emergency declaration includes Brooks, Cook and Berrien counties, where 11 people have been confirmed dead in south central Georgia near the Florida state line. Additional counties included were Atkinson, Colquitt, Lowndes and Thomas counties.

On Sunday, a tornado blew through a mobile home park in rural Cook County in southern Georgia, sheering off siding, upending homes and killing seven people, officials said.

Several homes appeared to be destroyed along on a road within about 2 miles of the mobile home park, with cinderblocks scattered on the ground and pine trees uprooted and snapped in half. The tops of broken utility poles lay alongside the road.

In addition to seven deaths in Cook County, four people were killed in adjoining counties Sunday. Another four people were killed in Mississippi by a tornado on Saturday, bringing the weekend death toll to 15.

Southern Georgia, northern Florida and the corner of southeastern Alabama could face intense and long track tornadoes, scattered damaging winds and large hail.

Story Image: Nathaniel Maine – Adel, GA

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