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Dozens of homes damaged in Georgia tornado

A twister has touched down in northwest Georgia, damaging up to 100 homes. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

Dozens of homes were damaged in a tornado near Rome, Ga., Wednesday night, knocking out power and forcing schools to close, local media reported, citing authorities.

Floyd County Emergency Management Agency director Scotty Hancock said up to 100 homes suffered damage, NBC station 11alive.com reported. The storm uprooted trees and knocked down power lines across the county.


The National Weather Service confirmed that the storm was an EF1 tornado. Hancock said a NWS team was conducting a damage survey, the station reported.

Police said a woman in her 70s was believed to have suffered a heart attack when her home was damaged, the Atlanta Constitution Journal reported. The woman's cousins told 11alive.com that as trees began falling around her home, she began having chest pains. She called 911, but the ambulance had trouble getting to her house in the storm. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Thousands of northwest Georgia residents were without power early Thursday, but Georgia Power said service would be restored later in the day, 11alive.com said.

The National Weather Service forecast warns of isolated severe thunderstorms in the region overnight.

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