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Storms hurl hail, high winds on northern Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Severe thunderstorms hurled large hail, heavy
rain and swirling winds across north Georgia on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service reported that tornadoes touched
down in several spots just before sundown.

Black clouds broken by horrific lightning flashes rolled from
the west, dumping hailstones the size of golf balls and even larger
in some cases.

At 9 p.m., Buzz Weiss of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency said GEMA was beginning to receive reports of damage from east-central Georgia.

He said Jasper County authorities were reporting that 100 homes
had been damaged and some roads were closed, and that Wilkes County was reporting one house destroyed and damage to several other houses and a church.

He said there were no reports of injuries.

Weiss said scattered damage was reported in Gwinnett County,
south Fulton County, and Henry County, where a roof was blown off a business and a tree fell on a house in McDonough.


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