Georgia spared from tornado outbreak that left at least 70 dead across central U.S. – WSB-TV Channel 2


METRO ATLANTA — A strong cold front brought heavy rain and wind to metro Atlanta Saturday afternoon.

The system that moved through Georgia was the same one that spawned at least 22 tornadoes in the central part of the U.S. overnight, killing at least 70 people in Kentucky alone.

Thankfully, the system had weakened significantly by the time it moved through Georgia. There were some reports of power outages and trees down in the metro Atlanta area, but no significant reports of damage. There was also some flooding on roadways.

Once the front clears the area, it is expected to turn significantly colder overnight, with Sunday morning lows expected to be in the upper 30s.

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Across the central U.S., communities woke up to scenes of destruction Saturday morning. At least 22 separate tornadoes tore through six states.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that “north of 70″ people were killed in the small town of Mayfield as a massive tornado tore through the southwest part of the state. Beshear said the tornado was on the ground for over 200 miles.

Beshear said the number of deaths could increase as the search continues into the daylight hours.

“It may in fact end up exceeding 100 before the day is done,” Beshear said.

The storm hit a candle factory where more than 110 employees were working the overnight shift. Rescues were still underway Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has also confirmed that at least an EF-2 tornado ripped through Bowling Green, leaving heavy destruction there.

Two people were killed when the storms moved over an Amazon distribution center in suburban St. Louis.

Tennessee’s Emergency Management Agency reported three deaths in the northwest part of the state.

In northeastern Arkansas, at least two people were reported dead at a nursing home in Monette. There were reports of heavy damage surrounding the Monette area as well.

President Joe Biden released a statement Saturday, saying, “To lose a loved one like this is an unimaginable tragedy. We’re working with the governor to ensure they have what they need as the search for survivors and damage assessments continue.”

Georgia governor Brian Kemp also issued a statement about the tornadoes:

“Marty, the girls, and I join our fellow Americans in praying for the families facing the devastating loss caused by the tornadoes in Kentucky last night,” Kemp tweeted.

Channel 2′s Tony Thomas was in Mayfield, where he saw mile after mile of towns completely destroyed.

“Last night we thought it was as bad as it could possibly be, but then you come back in the daylight and it’s even worse than you thought,” business owner Mykell Tidwell told Thomas.