GEORGIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATION REPORT – Severe Weather – Tuesday, April 5, 2011
GENERAL SITUATION. A powerful, fast moving squall line entered the state in northwest Georgia yesterday evening around 9 PM and crossed the entire state on a line running from NE to SW. The system produced strong, gusty winds and heavy rains and caused downed trees, power outages and structural damages in numerous locations. The main line of intense thunderstorms has moved off the Southeast coast of Georgia.
INJURIES / DEATHS: 8/6
Butts : Report of two fatalities by EMA.
Dodge: Report of one fatality, two injuries.
Cook : Report of three injuries
Colquitt : Report of one fatality
Fulton : Report of one fatality and one injury
Henry: Report of one injury
Irwin : Report of one fatality
EVACUATIONS: 32 families displaced from dormitory at GA Tech due to fallen tree.
SUMMARY OF POWER OUTAGES: The Georgia Power Storm Center is reporting 95,000 customers without power.
Barrow County – Deputy EMA Director reports trees down on two structures with no injuries. The County Annex building’s roof was damaged by wind. The County Health Building is closed due to damage. Approximately 22,000 residents are without power. State Route 11 South between Pumpkin Junction and Watson Road will be shut down for at least six hours due to power lines and trees in the roadway. Multiple power lines and trees are down across the county. The EOC was partially activated at 1215.
Bibb County – Report of widespread power outage. Seven roads closed. One house destroyed. Several homes have minor damage.
Butts County: Report of two fatalities caused by a tree that fell on a house.
Carroll County – reports homes affected 13, minor four, major two, destroyed two. Businesses affected two, minor one. Total of 560 people without power. No injuries or fatalities.
Clayton County- Reports trees and power lines are down sporadically throughout NE corner of the county in the Rex Rd/Stagecoach Rd. Cleanup is in progress. No reports of injuries or displaced residents.
Cobb County – Reports downed power lines and trees throughout the county and the City of Marietta. There were three structure fires within the county and one in the City of Marietta. There were also two brush fires within the county
Crisp County – Field Coordinator reports numerous trees down and power outages throughout county. Numerous homes damaged and one home destroyed. One family rescued without injury. Assessment will continue during daylight.
Fayette County – reportsheavy rain, high winds, and severe lightning that caused some damage and power outages to various parts of the county. The town of Tyrone experienced the most damage from the storm with the entire town being without power and Fire Station # 3 that serves the area experienced some damage to the roof from a suspected down burst. Operations from that station were and are not currently affected. North un incorporated Fayette County also experienced some damage and sporadic power outages as the storm moved through.
Fulton: Georgia Tech Campus: A tree fell into a dormitory causing minor damage to the building. 32 families were displaced but are being and led by College Housing. The building will remain vacated overnight. West Marietta St and Tilden St a tree fell on a car, male deceased inside. Reported trees down and power outages. Reported trees down and power outages. One fatality reported. EMA reports only two units were damaged. Everyone but the two units were allowed to return. Two units damaged have found other housing.
Gilmer County: Many trees and power lines are down throughout the county. There are reports of people trapped in homes in the west end of the county. Rescue personnel are working in those areas. One structure fire related to the storm being worked. Completed aerial assessment of damaged areas. Possibly two storms hit the area. More widespread damage than initially reported. No injuries or fatalities reported. Many homes (estimates 100) with some type damage. At least six chicken houses damaged or destroyed (not sure if they were in use or not. Many trees and power lines down. Power crews on scene. Locals are starting PDA’s and will provide the data later today.
Henry County – 14 homes damaged by fallen trees. One person was trapped in a structure and was later extricated and transported to Henry Medical Center. Two house fires with no major damage, due to lightening strikes. Approximately 75 roads with trees down, including I-75 south bound at the 216. Emergency crews and DOT crews were out most of the night cutting trees and clearing roads and placing tarps on roofs of damaged homes.
Jasper County: Power outages and trees on roadways.
Newton County – Reports down trees, 12-15 road closures, one mobile home affected. No injuries