At least nine lives were lost as a powerful storm system hit Georgia overnight. A state official says the system packing tornadoes passed from Alabama into Georgia. According to Buzz Weiss of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, six deaths were caused by the storm in Baker County in southwest Georgia. Authorities there say two children are still missing after two mobile homes were hit.
In Sumter County, home of former President Jimmy Carter, the
main hospital received some storm damage and there were two
fatalities and an undetermined number of injuries.
And farther north in Taylor County, Georgia, Weiss says there was one death reported.
Governor Perdue visited the Baker County area today and issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in six counties.
Perdue issued the order for Baker, Clay, Stewart and Sumter
counties in southwest Georgia; for McDuffie County in east Georgia
and for Taylor County in middle Georgia.
The order makes it possible for state resources to be available
for response and recovery activities.