Emergency crews and first responders in Albany, Georgia, are describing the scene as “pure destruction” after a string of deadly storms ripped through the heart of south Georgia Sunday afternoon.
A tornado of undetermined size moved through the area around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, leaving in its wake a plethora of destruction.
The last official fatality count was released at 8 p.m. and stated that 14 individuals had lost their lives as a result of the storm. The death tolls are from the following Georgia counties: Berrien – 2, Brooks – 2, Cook – 7, and Dougherty – 3.
Hefty tornado damage. This is along the center path in the 19 and Holly Drive area of southeast Albany, GA pic.twitter.com/ohCdLu1Hhc
— Gerald Satterwhite (@stratowx) January 22, 2017
Governor Deal has declared a state of emergency for seven south central Georgia counties, stating, “These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas.”
Passing through heading back to Columbus to find homes and stores demolished by a tornado that just hit Albany, GA pic.twitter.com/f3bJaJrtja
— aaron vaillant (@Pro_Out_TM) January 22, 2017
“These storms have resulted in loss of life, numerous injuries and extensive property damage, and our thoughts and prayers are with Georgians suffering from the storm’s impact. As we continue to assess the damage, I’m prepared to expand or extend this emergency declaration as needed. In addition to the state’s response, all indications suggest we will also be submitting a request for federal assistance as well.”
Gov. Deal plans to visit the affected areas in the coming days.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Albany Civic Center for individuals in need of shelter — the heavy storms have now plagued the area with flooding.
Individuals searching for a lost family member displaced by today’s storm can call 229-483-6201 or 229-483-6203.
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