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5-year-old killed after tree falls on car during storms in Butts County identified

The car was traveling down Hailey Road in Jackson, officials said.

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. — A 5-year-old has died in Georgia after strong storms swept through north Georgia Thursday, officials said. 

The Butts County Medical Examiner said a tree fell on a car traveling down Hailey Road in Jackson, Ga. The child died from the injuries. His family identified the child on Saturday as Egan Jeffcoat. An online fundraiser was set up to support his family.

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The National Weather Service is expected to send surveyors to Butts County and other areas on Friday where a "potentially long-track/significant tornado" might have traveled. They will be able to determine the strength and track of the storm that traveled through the area and confirm if it was one twister or multiple that wreaked havoc through northern central and northeast Georgia.

11Alive tracked the storms throughout the day as severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings were issued across metro Atlanta. 

Viewers sent photos from Jackson that showed damage in the community. One resident said they felt the storm pass over them. They went outside and found downed trees and powerlines. Their dock also detached and was floating in the water.

You can see the damage below. 



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