ATLANTA- The death toll has risen to six people after fast moving storms hit the South with high winds, hail, lightning and power outages.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak says four people have been killed in Georgia, two of them, a father and son who died when a tree fell onto a home in Butts County. Dodge and Colquitt counties also each had a death.
Tennessee and Mississippi also each have reported a death related to the storms.
Dodge County Storm Damage
Emergency personnel in Dodge County responded to Friendship UMC Church Road Tuesday morning just before 3 a.m. Emergency personnel arrived to find a double wide mobile home ripped from its foundation. The home was torn apart with debris scattered in an adjacent field. There were four people inside the residence asleep when the storm struck. Three occupants of the home were immediately found to be injured and transported to Dodge County Hospital.
Volunteer Firefighters from Gresston, EMS personnel, and Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputies began searching for the fourth missing resident. The fourth occupant of the home was later found dead under debris from the mobile home. The deceased victim has been identified as Christopher McNair (age 45) of a Cochran address, according to Dodge County Coroner Joe Smith.
Other property damage in Dodge County included another home on Friendship UMC Church Road which had its roof ripped by the storm. A structure by the field house at the Dodge County Middle School was destroyed by the storm. Emergency personnel from multiple departments responded to trees and power lines down throughout Dodge County from Rhine to Chester.