Catastrophic damage after tornado strikes overnight in Georgia

Newnan, southwest of Atlanta, was damaged by an overnight tornado that struck its downtown. One person in Coweta County died from a medical emergency.

An overnight tornado caused catastrophic damage to a city near Atlanta after severe weather and multiple tornadoes raked both Georgia and Alabama, authorities said Friday.

The downtown area of Newnan was struck by what authorities said appeared to be a long-lasting tornado that caused EF-2 levels of damage or greater. That level brings wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph that can shift houses off their foundations, remove large sections of roofs and demolish mobile homes, among other destructive results.


NBC News affiliate WXIA reported that the high school sustained what officials described as an “overwhelming” amount of damage. The school district canceled classes Friday morning. Newnan is a city of nearly 40,000 people southwest of Atlanta.

In a tweet, Gov. Kemp said he would visit Coweta County, where Newnan is located, on Saturday to offer aid and survey the storm damage.

One person died from a medical emergency in Coweta County, and medical workers were unable to reach the area because of the severe weather, adding to the five Alabama residents who were confirmed dead Thursday after the same string of storms and tornadoes swept over that state.

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