Houses, trees damaged by twister in Grayson's Landing area

Last updated: April 29. 2014 9:36AM - 20899 Views
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A state of emergency for Troup County and all of Georgia was issued Monday night after strong winds forming into tornado-like conditions.
A tornado touched down in the northern part of the county around the 4300 block area of New Franklin Road and a 2-mile radius near Ringer Access Road and Ringer Road, near the Grayson's Landing subdivision.
Keith Stellman, meterologist with Peachtree National Weather Service said they are still looking into the factor of the tornado but estimates it will be an EF0 or EF1.
Stellman said only one tornado touched down in the Troup area and a rough estimate reports that it lasted 10 minutes and traveled four miles.
They are still determining the time it touched down and the exact path and damage of the tornado, he said.
Stewart Smith, Troup County Sheriff's Office public information officer, said the strong winds from the tornado mostly affected the northern part of the county with several damaged homes and buildings and many fallen trees.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel reported no injuries in the Monday night and early morning storms.
Smith said the rest of the county did not see much damage.
About 1,000 customers lost power in the northern Troup County and southern Heard County area last night following the tornado spotted on New Franklin Road, said Diverse Power customer services manager Wendell Cox. Crews worked overnight to fix six broken poles and transformers damaged by the storm, and the customers' power was restored by morning.
Cox said a second round of storms that swept through about 4:30 a.m. knocked out power to an additional 1,700 people in Diverse Power's seven-county service area. He said some crews were still out this morning fixing the damage from the second round of storms and customers in some isolated areas still were without power.
No LaGrange power customers were affected, city electrical superintendent Jay Bartlett said this morning. West Point had one small outage affecting about four customers, caused by a fallen tree limb breaking two power lines, said utilities superintendent Sammy Inman.
A man who lives a mile past Wares Cross Road reported a quarter of his roof was blown off by the storm, though he was not home at the time.
Strong winds and rain conditions are expected to continue later today. Stellman said that weather conditions should be clear until late afternoon when a storm comes in from the west. He added that area is still under risk.
The following video showing conditions Monday night was uploaded to YouTub courtesy of Josh Weatherford:

Check back with lagrangenews.com throughout the day for further updates and pick up today's edition of the LaGrange Daily News.
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