The mayor of Adairsville says more than 1,000 volunteers helped with tornado cleanup in the north Georgia city this weekend. Volunteers arrived Saturday and Sunday to chop up trees and remove debris left from a tornado Wednesday.
The National Weather Service says that as a cold front passes through Georgia on Wednesday, numerous thunderstorms will develop. Forecasters say the main concerns will be damaging winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.
Authorities estimate that a tornado and strong storms in north Georgia inflicted at least $15 million in damage. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Thursday that the damage estimate was preliminary and could grow as homeowners and insurers continue to assess the damage. He said property owners have filed nearly 4,000 claims.
Twisters and heavy rains were the result of slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Lee that pushed through the northern portion of Georgia. State emergency officials say nearly 100 homes were damaged in north Georgia’s Cherokee County from severe weather that moved through Monday.
Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to review the state’s weather warning systems in the wake of last week violent storms. To do so, he may convene a task force to look into fortifying Georgia’s warning network.
As emergency workers across the southeast comb through wreckage left by this week’s severe storms, some groups in Augusta are also looking for ways to help. Aid groups are reaching out across the region to offer support to tornado victims.
The tornadoes and thunderstorms that tore through the South Wednesday and Thursday morning left a mess for residents and state and local governments to clean up. Cleaning experts offer suggestions as residents begin to recover.