Monroe County EMA Director Matt Perry tells 41NBC News, at least 50 homes were impacted by the weather overnight, with damage ranging from missing shingles to destroyed homes. 41NBC's Melissa Lee was there early this morning. She first reported long traffic jams on I-75 North. After daybreak, she saw widespread damage on Weldon Road.
Monroe Co. officials say that 10 people were injured during the storm and four of those were taken to the hospital.
The Central Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross is helping people in Monroe County who were impacted by the storm.
The National Weather Service says at least five tornadoes were reported in Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in 16 counties: Bartow, Coweta, Greene, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, and Troup counties. He declared emergencies for Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Floyd counties Wednesday night.
Search on for missing after storms kill 13 in Georgia
The sheriff of Catoosa County says search-and-rescue crews are combing through rubble for people still missing in Ringgold, where a suspected tornado flattened several buildings as storms killed at least 13 people in Georgia overnight.
Sheriff Phil Summers said Thursday it's unclear how many people remain missing in the northwest Georgia county after a suspected tornado struck near Interstate 75 late Wednesday, then hit the city's downtown and smashed a residential neighborhood. At least seven people are reported dead in Catoosa County, while dozens more were injured.
The sheriff says rescue crews are focusing on searching damaged fast-food restaurants and motels near the interstate.
Here are the most recent death tolls in the states hit hardest by the storm system that spawned dozens of tornadoes across the Southeast, killing at least 215 people:
- Alabama: 131 dead
- Mississippi: 32 dead
- Tennessee: 30 dead
- Georgia: 13 dead
- Virginia: 8 dead
- Kentucky: 1 dead