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LIST: Here are the places with significant damage after storms, tornados, flooding

These are just some of the areas that received significant damage from Thursday storms.

ATLANTA — A wave of severe weather tore across the southeastern United States, pummeling Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and other neighboring states.

Swarms of tornados in Alabama left at least five people dead in their wake. Here in Georgia, a powerful EF-4 tornado ripped through Newnan. Another two tornados are likely to have touched down in northwest Georgia. 

But tornados weren't the only threat that our state saw - hail also fell, and heavy rains led to flooding in northern Georgia.

Below are just some of the areas that received significant damage.

Bartow County - Cartersville

The National Weather Service said it is likely that a tornado knocked down trees after a storm system traveled from Alabama and crossed the state line. 

Aerials from above showed trees on homes, and some pieces of roofs missing.

Coweta County - Newnan

The hardest hit area from Thursday's wave of severe weather was concentrated in Newnan. 

Daylight images shows vast swaths of buildings with roofs torn off and other homes ripped to shreds. One person was killed.

Storm victims described the moment when they knew they had to seek shelter - seconds before their roofs caved in on where they had just been standing.

The governor has plans to tour the area on Saturday, and speak at Newnan High School, where the epicenter of the storm's damage is focused.

According to a National Weather Service preliminary survey, the storm was believed to be an EF-4 tornado with winds up to 170 mph.

Click here for a full list of damage in Newnan.

Heard County - Franklin

The National Weather Service believes the destructive tornado that hit Newnan may have started in Heard County, near Franklin.

11Alive crews saw trees down and power poles littered in the street - many making the streets impassable. Pieces of metal siding were also twisted and contorted.

One woman said she was able to make it out of her home before a tree fell on it, with the help of a neighbor.

Preliminary information released on Saturday suggests that the damage in the Franklin area of Heard County was the result of an EF-2 tornado with estimated peak winds of 130 mph.

Floyd County - Rome

While destructive winds weren't the main threat for Rome - the rains were.

Drone video over the area the day after the storms showed an entire field at Grizzard Park under water.

In Rome. officials told 11Alive the Oostanaula River is typically 8-9 feet deep. On Friday, the river was 27 feet deep.

One 18-year member of the police department told 11Alive he saw areas flood they've never seen flood before.

Polk County - Cedartown

The Polk County sheriff described damage to a cemetery near Cedartown, on the outskirts of town, where centuries-old oak trees were knocked down.

"It was just a mess all through," he said.

The sheriff said there were also reports of people trapped inside their homes. 

11Alive spoke to one woman who described coming back to her home on Tuck Street in south Cedartown to find that a tree had fallen into her bedroom.

The National Weather Service said it's possible a tornado was behind the damage.


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