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Tornado damage: 5-year-old child confirmed dead in Georgia as severe weather threatens Southeast


The only victim of the deadly Georgia tornado was a 5-year-old boy, according to a report. At least six others have been killed by tornadoes in Alabama.

In Buttes County, a tree fell on a vehicle containing the boy, who died, and an adult, who was transported to a hospital in critical condition, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.

Buttes County is located about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Fox News Digital reached out to County Coroner Lacey Prue, but a response was not immediately received.

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The roof of a local business is blown off after a tornado tore through Selma, Alabama, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

On Thursday at least half an hour a dozen tornadoes have been reported in Georgia and around the Atlanta and DeKalb County areas. At least 200,000 customers lost power during the powerful storms, which also left behind a lot of damage, FOX Weather reported.

According to a map of Georgia power outages, the thousands of residents who are without power supply including 5,675 in Henry County, 1,965 in Liberty County, 1,480 in Clayton County, 826 in Morgan County, 721 in Spalding County, 712 in Coweta County, 664 in Tift County, 580 in Monroe County, 471 in Gwinnett County and 461 in Buttes County. .

Cobb Fire and Emergency crews spent much of the afternoon surveying damage and clearing roads in the metro Atlanta area blocked by fallen trees.

Tornado damage: 5-year-old child confirmed dead in Georgia as severe weather threatens Southeast

Trees block a road in Austell, Georgia, on January 12, 2023.
(Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services)

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews said 18 homes reported tornado damage on Jan. 12, 2023.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews said 18 homes reported tornado damage on Jan. 12, 2023.
(Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services)

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews reported multiple trees down on homes and roads on January 12, 2023.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews reported multiple trees down on homes and roads on January 12, 2023.
(Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services)

FOX Weather also reported that about 50 miles south of Atlanta, the Griffin Fire Department reported several buildings were damaged by a confirmed tornado that moved through Spalding County.

Video footage recorded in Griffin shows extensive damage to a Hobby Lobby store. In the video, the roof of the store separates at its corner as items in the store are scattered wildly.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONTINUES IN CALIFORNIA AS TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE FORCED TO EVACUATE

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews responded to multiple reports of downed power lines, trees in the road and trees on houses on January 12, 2023.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews responded to multiple reports of downed power lines, trees in the road and trees on houses on January 12, 2023.
(Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services)

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews respond after a tornado damaged several homes on January 12, 2023.

Cobb County Fire and Emergency crews respond after a tornado damaged several homes on January 12, 2023.
(Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services)

Multiple residents called for help after power lines fell, trees blocked roads and trees crushed houses on January 12, 2023.

Multiple residents called for help after power lines fell, trees blocked roads and trees crushed houses on January 12, 2023.
(Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services)

governor of Georgia Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency earlier in the day.

“Tonight, Marty’s thoughts and mine will go back to those affected by today’s severe storms and tornadoes,” Kemp said Thursday afternoon, referring to his wife, Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp.

He added: “I have declared a state of emergency and directed all relevant agencies to respond with a comprehensive approach to the affected communities.”

In a tweet, Kemp confirmed that disaster response teams had begun surveying the damage caused by the tornado. He has also asked community members for their thoughts and prayers.

Republican Governor Brian Kemp and his wife Marty in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 2022.

Republican Governor Brian Kemp and his wife Marty in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 2022.
(Megan Varner/Getty Images)

A damaged vehicle and debris are seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Selma, Ala.

A damaged vehicle and debris are seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Selma, Ala.
(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

“Crews are actively responding to damage caused by today’s storms,” ​​he wrote Wednesday evening. “As we continue to respond to the needs of affected communities and citizens, Marty and I ask that everyone keep their fellow Georgians and first responders in our thoughts and prayers.”

ALABAMA SHERIFF SAYS 6 DEAD AFTER TORNADO OVER SOUTHEAST

The destructive weather was felt along Georgia’s western border, as were several tornadoes reported in Alabama. Storms ravaged the center of the state, leaving at least six dead, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said.

“I am sorry to learn that six Alabamians have been lost to the storms that have devastated our state,” Ivey said. “My prayers are with their loved ones and communities. We are all too familiar with devastating weather, but our people are resilient. We will get through it and be stronger for it.”

Devastation is seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Moundville, Alabama.

Devastation is seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Moundville, Alabama.
(Mike Goodall via AP)

Devastation is seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Greensboro, Alabama.

Devastation is seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Greensboro, Alabama.
(Mike Goodall via AP)

Devastation is seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Greensboro, Alabama.

Devastation is seen after severe weather, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Greensboro, Alabama.
(Mike Goodall via AP)

The deaths were reported in Otaga County, the worst-hit area of ​​the state, outside the capital city of Montgomery.

The Otaga County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed to Fox News Digital that there were at least six deaths from the storms. The authorities have not released details of how the persons died.

SHOCKING IMAGES SHOW DEVASTATION CAUSED BY SEVERE WEATHER IN THE SOUTH

Emergency Tornado Warnings have been issued across the state.

The National Weather Service has issued an emergency tornado warning, warning people to stay out of the storm’s path and travel only when it’s safe.

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“You are in a life-threatening situation,” the NWS said. “Flying debris can be deadly for those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be destroyed. Significant damage to homes, businesses and vehicles is likely and total destruction is possible.”

Storm damage was reported in Mississippi, Kentucky and several other states.

Sarah Rumph of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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