Katrina Spawns Tornadoes in Georgia

Published August 29, 2005

| Associated Press

Bands of stormy weather spiraling off of Hurricane Katrina (search) lashed much of western Georgia on Monday, bringing heavy rains, high winds and tornadoes that caused multiple injuries and damaged buildings.

"The western part of the state, as they were anticipating, is going to bear the brunt of the weather as it comes through," said Georgia Emergency Management Agency (search) spokeswoman Kathy Huggins. "We're talking about the western area all the way up to the mountains in the northwest."

Carroll County was among the areas hardest hit. Authorities said as many as 30 homes were damaged or destroyed when a tornado (search) touched down Monday afternoon.

Huggins said the county suffered tornado damage in three separate locations.

At one location, about 15 poultry houses were destroyed, she said.

Tornadoes also were reported in Polk and Heard counties.

In Heard County, three homes were damaged and at least two people were injured, with one person being trapped inside a home, Huggins said.

No damage had been reported in Polk County by Monday evening.

The storms also dumped rain on much of middle and north-central Georgia — bringing tornado warnings from as far south as Henry County.

Huggins said spot storms were expected to continue into Tuesday morning.

"They're anticipating these bands of weather are going to be coming through pretty much all night, with some of the worst weather being tomorrow morning during drive time," she said.

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