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CALHOUN, Ga. -- Jamie Stober of Calhoun, Georgia was one of the lucky ones. Others weren't.

Stober said she went to a hallway in her home, and waited there until she thought the storm was over.

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Eight people were injured by a tornado that ripped through a Gordon County neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon. Two of the injuries were critical.

A man who lives in the area said he had friends in the Gordon Hospital, and a homeowner he knew was trapped under a staircase inside his home.

Gordon County Emergency Management says the tornado that hit the Millstone neighborhood in Calhoun cut a 16-mile path and was a half-mile wide.

As reported, up to 300 homes were hit, one third were estimated to be completely destroyed.

"The storm started rolling through," a resident said, "we stayed in a hall closet underneath the stairs, and waited for about three minutes until it was over."

With the power out and temperatures falling, people did what they could to secure their homes for the night and find places to stay.

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