Officials Assess Impact of Tornado Damage to Downtown Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Governor Perdue is taking a helicopter trip over northwest Georgia today to view damage caused by a tornado that swept through Saturday, killing two people.

Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson says 71-year-old Jerry Paul Albers was killed by flying debris. In Polk County, Coroner Trey Litesey says 63-year-old Bonnie Gene Turner was killed when her home was demolished and she and her husband were thrown into a field.

Her husband, Michael, survived and is listed in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Taylor says the tornado touched down at 12:25 p.m. Saturday at the Polk-Floyd county line and hit parts of Polk, Floyd and Bartow counties.

He says the tornado packed winds of nearly 150 miles an hour and traveled 16 miles before it lifted again at 12:45 p.m.

In Atlanta, crews are continuing to clean up after a tornado tore through the city Friday night, injuring at least 27 people. No deaths were reported.

Many streets remain closed today in downtown, and dozens of traffic lights are out.

Broken glass still littered the ground and police are warning pedestrians to watch for glass and other debris that could fall from buildings.

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