According to one report, the only victim of a deadly tornado in Georgia was a 5-year-old boy. At least six others were killed by tornadoes in Alabama.
In Butts County, a tree fell on a vehicle containing the boy, who died, and an adult, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.
Butts County is located approximately 80 kilometers southeast of Atlanta.
Fox News Digital reached out to county coroner Lacey Prue, but a response was not immediately received.
CALIFORNIA WEATHER: STATE PREPARES FOR MORE LIFE-THREATENING RAIN AS STORM DEATHS RISE
As of Thursday, at least a half-dozen tornadoes were reported in Georgia and the Atlanta and DeKalb County areas. At least 200,000 customers lost power during the severe storms, which also left a lot of damage, FOX Weather reported.
According to a Georgia power outage map, the thousands of residents who are without power, including 5,675 in Henry County, 1,965 in Liberty County, 1,480 in Clayton County, 826 in Morgan County, 721 in Spalding County, 712 in Coweta County, 664 in Tift County, 580 in Monroe County, 471 in Gwinnett County, and 461 in Butts County.
Cobb fire crews and emergency services spent much of the afternoon surveying the damage and clearing roads in the greater Atlanta area blocked by fallen trees.
FOX Weather also reported that about 50 miles south of Atlanta, the Griffin Fire Department reported that several structures were damaged by a confirmed tornado that passed through Spalding County.
Video recorded in Griffin showed extensive damage to a Hobby Lobby store. In the video, the store’s ceiling comes loose in its corner as items in the store are hurled wildly.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN CALIFORNIA WITH TENS OF THOUSANDS FORCED TO EVACUATE
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency earlier in the day.
“Throughout this evening, Marty’s thoughts and mine will return to those affected by today’s severe storms and tornadoes,” Kemp said Thursday afternoon, referring to his wife, Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp.
He added: “I have declared a state of emergency and ordered all relevant agencies to respond with a fully hands-on approach to affected communities.”
In a tweet, Kemp confirmed that disaster response teams have begun researching tornado damage. He also asked community members for their thoughts and prayers.
“Crews are actively responding to damage from today’s storms,” he wrote late on Wednesday. “As we continue to address the needs of affected communities and citizens, Marty and I urge everyone to keep your fellow Georgians and first responders in your thoughts and prayers.”
ALABAMA SHERIFF SAYS 6 DEAD AFTER TORNADO THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST
Destructive weather was felt across the western border of Georgia, as several tornadoes were also reported in Alabama. Storms ravaged the center of the state, leaving at least six people dead, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said.
“I am saddened to learn that six Alabamians were lost in the storms that devastated our state,” said Ivey. “My prayers are with their loved ones and communities. We are very familiar with the devastating weather, but our people are resilient. We will get through this and we will be stronger.”
The deaths were reported in Autauga County, the hardest-hit area of the state outside the capital city of Montgomery.
The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed to Fox News Digital that there were at least six deaths from the storms. Authorities have not released details about how the individuals died.
STUNNING IMAGES SHOW DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY SEVERE WEATHER IN THE SOUTH
Tornado emergency warnings were issued across the state.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Emergency warning, warning people to move out of the storm’s path and only travel when it is safe to do so.
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“You are in a life-threatening situation,” the NWS said. “Flying debris can be deadly for those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be destroyed. Considerable damage to homes, businesses and vehicles is likely and complete destruction is possible.”
Storm damage was reported in Mississippi, Kentucky, and several other states.
Sarah Rumpf of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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