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BREAKING: Storm aftermath in Floyd and Polk Counties

Mar 18, 2013 -- 6:14pm

UPDATE: 11:07pm: 

Due to massive power outages and debris in roads, Polk County Schools have been closed tomorrow, Tuesday March 19th. 


UPDATE: 10:58pm:

Floyd County Deputy Director Tim Harrington reports that three people were injured in the Silver Creek Mini Mart when the storm hit. Two people injuries have been reported in Cave Spring.

Power outages persist through the region. Over 21,000 Georgia Power Customers are still without power in Northwest Georgia---of these, 8,000 are in the Rome-area. 

UPDATE: 9:49pm:

Rome City and Floyd County Schools will be in-session tomorrow, according to Floyd County EMA Director Scotty Hancock.

UPDATE: 8:56pm:

Polk County Emergency Management Director Randy Lacey is reporting that a man was entrapped in his vehicle on Cave Spring Rd. as a result of the storm. The man was transported to Floyd Medical Center, and according to Lacy, he was in "really bad condition."We continue coverage of the storm that has heavily damaged portions of Floyd and Polk County. 

According to Floyd County Emergency Management Deputy Director Tim Harrington, some 12 homes and the Silver Creek Mini-Mart suffered major structural damage at the hands of today’s storm. Much of the wreckage being reported is centered around HWY 101.    
“The majority of damage seems to be concentrated right around HWY 101,” says Harrington. “We can’t confirm it was a tornado; we think it was massive wind damage. We’ve got the National Weather Service coming out tomorrow to do an assessment and at that point we will make the determination if it was a tornado or not. Currently, we have widespread power outages in the area. Georgia Power is out working on the damage. We have trees down all over the county. We have work crews out. They’ll likely be out working all night and into tomorrow, trying to get the power back on.” 
Harrington asks that people steer clear of HWY 101 in Floyd County, as Emergency vehicles are having difficulties getting into the affected area. 
As for the widespread power outages, there is no current estimated time of recovery. Over 32,000 people are out of power in Northwest Georgia, says Carol Boatwright, Georgia Power Spokeswoman. 
“Right now we have about 32,000 customers out in the Northwest Georgia area. The majority of those are in the Rome and Cedartown areas. Between those two cities we have 21,000 customers out,” says Boatwright. “Carrollton, Summerville and Canton also had outages. At this point, storms are continuing to move through and numbers are fluctuating as trees fall---our crews will be out and trying to evaluate where and how much damage we have. We do expect the numbers to continue to fluctuate for the next couple of hours.” 
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