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1 dead as tornado, severe storms plow through Ga.

7:26 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- A tornado plowed through Meriwether and Pike counties, and other severe storms blasted across much of north Georgia Monday evening, leaving one person dead in Polk County.

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According to survey crews from the National Weather Service, the deadly Polk County storm was the result of straight-line winds of up to 100 mph. 

Clean up continues and Chattooga County Schools are closed Wednesday.

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Survey crews also found that the storm that plowed through Meriwether and Pike counties was the result of an EF2 tornado with wind speeds of up to 120 mph. The storm, they said, touched down near Rocky Mount Road and Caldwell Road in Meriwether County and moved to the southeast for about 12 miles before lifting one mile west of Concord in Pike County.

Officials said the tornado's path was about 300 yards wide, and destroyed two out buildings and a barn. They said thousands of trees were blown over or snapped, and several trees fell on homes in the area.

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The Polk County Fire Department confirmed 65 year old James Larry Agan of Rome was injured when a tree fell on his car near the Floyd County line.

The tree fell at around 5:30 p.m., dispatchers said. Agan was taken to Floyd Medical Center, where he died during surgery.

Investigators said Agan was in his 60s. His adult son was also in the car when the tree fell. The son was treated and released; his name and age were not released.

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