Newnan, Georgia Tornado Update as Storm Wreaks Havoc

A Tornado Emergency was issued for Newnan and other parts of Georgia following severe storms, the National Weather Service (NWS) said, as a tornado hit the area early Friday morning.

Forecasters have warned of possible tornadoes as well as dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding from eastern Mississippi into western Georgia and northward into Tennessee and Kentucky.

The NWS warns: "A system is expected to continue to produce severe thunderstorms including tornadoes into early Friday morning from the Southeast US into the Ohio Valley."

Eight tornadoes killed five people in Alabama, knocking down trees and destroying homes. More than 25,500 were reported to be without power in the state, as of Friday morning, according to PowerOutage.US.

A Tornado Watch is in place across parts of Georgia and South Carolina until 7 a.m. EDT Friday, the NWS said.

The Tornado Watch in Georgia applies to nine counties, which includes the cities of Barnesville, Crawford, Crawfordville, Eatonton, Greensboro, Jackson, Madison and Monticello and Washington.

A Flash Flood Warning is in place until 7:15 a.m. EDT in North Central Dawson County in Georgia's north central region, Lumpkin County in the north central region and White County in northeastern Georgia.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for portions of north Georgia through Friday morning, with heavy rainfall of 1.5 to 3 inches possible. "Soils in this area are already saturated from previous rains, allowing for easy runoff. Creeks and streams may quickly rise," the NWS warned Thursday.

The severe weather in Georgia caused widespread damage across parts of the state, including Peachtree City and Coweta County, where trees were downed and houses were heavily damaged or destroyed.

As of Friday morning, around 17,500 in Georgia were reported to be without power, according to PowerOutage.US.

The five deaths in Alabama were reported in Calhoun County in the eastern part of the state, where one of several tornadoes sprang from a "super cell" of storms that later hit Georgia, according to John De Block, a meteorologist with NWS Birmingham in Alabama.

"Now that the supercell in Randolph County has moved into Georgia, we have removed the severe risk and Tornado Watch for the remainder of Central AL," NWS Birmingham tweeted early Friday.

Significant structural damage near Newnan high school. #gawx

— Radek Przygodzki WTVM (@RadektheWxman) March 26, 2021

The City of Newnan, Georgia tweeted Thursday: "The city experienced heavy damage in and around the historic downtown area due to tonight's weather. Please note that both the city and county crews are in route and working on scene to clear impacted areas. Please remain safe in your homes and take shelter. Stay safe!"

Videos tweeted Friday morning by a meteorologist for Georgia's WTVM, Radek Przygodzki, showed "Significant structural damage near Newnan high school" as well as damaged houses in Newnan.

Bad storm damage in Polk County- Cedartown. Trees down, power lines snapped, homes destroyed. Right now, I’m hearing stories of survival. @wsbtv #StormWatchon2

— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) March 25, 2021

A reporter for WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, Justin Wilfon, tweeted Friday morning: "Worse damage in neighborhoods surrounding the Newnan town square. Many trees and power lines down," sharing an image of the scene. ⁩

Another reporter for WSB-TV, Chris Jose, shared an image of the damage in Polk County on Thursday. "Bad storm damage in Polk County—Cedartown. Trees down, power lines snapped, homes destroyed. Right now, I'm hearing stories of survival," he tweeted.

Worse damage in neighborhoods surrounding the Newnan town square. Many trees and power lines down. ⁦

— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) March 26, 2021
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A storm chaser monitors a supercell thunderstorm during a tornado research mission in Elbert County near Agate, Colorado on May 8, 2017. Tornadoes caused widespread damage across parts of Georgia on Thursday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images