Twisters Kill Nine in Georgia


NEWTON, Ga. (AP) - The system of storms packing tornadoes that passed from Alabama into Georgia killed at least nine people and damaged a hospital in southwest Georgia.

Newton Fire Chief Andy Belinc said today that six people, including a child, were killed when a tornado hit a neighborhood in Baker County outside Newton last night.

The storm destroyed several homes in the county. And as the sun came up, firefighters were heading out to make a final check for casualties.

In Americus, two people were killed in the storm; farther north, one person died in Taylor County.

The weather also prompted an evacuation of the county's main hospital in Americus, Sumter Regional Hospital, which suffered heavy damage. Buzz Weiss of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency says it appeared that a tornado hit the hospital.

Georgia Gov. Perdue is flying by helicopter this morning to Americus and Baker County to survey the damage there.