Storms hit Floyd County with one, two punch

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  • Graduation Tree at Berry College (Photo by Meredith McDermott)
  • Tree down at horse paddocks (Facebook submitted by Valerie Peppers Kennedy)
  • Berry College Storm Damage (Photo by Meredith McDermott)
  • Storm Damage at Berry College via Johanna St. Pierre
  • Berry College Storm Damage (Photo by Meredith McDermott)
  • Wednesday morning storm damage in Rome. (Courtesy Paul Kakos)
  • Berry College Storm Damage (Photo by Meredith McDermott)
  • Berry College Storm Damage(Photo by Meredith McDermott)
  • Golfball sized hail, just north of Rome, Ga.
    

ROME, Ga. -- Just hours after high winds uprooted trees and downed power lines across Rome, the area was slammed with a second round of storms.

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Floyd County has been declared one of 16 areas under a state of emergency in Georgia.

Tens of thousands were still without power on Thursday.

On Wednesday, storm damage forced Berry College and Shorter College's Rome campus to close for the day and Floyd County Public Schools to release students early. Berry College delayed opening until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

In addition to losing power Wednesday, the college lost a number of old oak trees, for which they're known. Some  students were in class when the first round of storms and watched from nearby windows as winds snapped limbs. One of the trees damaged a guest cottage on campus; another tree completely destroyed a covered bike rack in a college's commons area.

One of the most iconic trees on campus, which was more than 100 years old, was uprooted. The tree, known as the "Graduation Tree" has historically provided shade for Berry College gradaution ceremonies. With graduation scheduled a week from Saturday, Berry students will be forced to adapt a new tradition.  

MORE: Storm causes severe damage across campus

Shorter College's Rome campus sustained similar damage and power outages.

Winds toppled large trees and fences, on the school's property. Several windows were blown out of the admissions office, which is a historic landmark on campus. And a group of trees crushed a small garage next to the office.

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