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None - The following is a minute by minute development of the storm in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

WATCH Channel 2 Action News at Noon

8:00 a.m. Gov. Nathan Deal is briefed on storm damage.

6:51 a.m. Storm death toll reaches 13.

6:50 a.m. Georgia Power update: 52,000 customers without power statewide; 2,000 - metro Atlanta.

12:50 a.m. Tornado warnings issued for southeastern Butts County, northern Monroe County, Lamar County, southeastern Pike County and northeastern Upson County until 1:30 a.m.

12:37 a.m. A tornado warning remains in effect until 1:00 a.m. for central Oconee, Habersham, southern Rabun and northwestern Stephens counties.

12:28 a.m. Two, possibly 3, tornadoes touched down in Pickens County, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. Several mobile homes were also destroyed and roads blocked.

12:21 a.m. Tornado warning for northwestern Habersham County is canceled

12:13 a.m. Pickens County public works crews have reports of people trapped in homes on Bryant Road, but downed trees are slowing down their efforts

12:06 a.m. Tornado warning issued for southeastern Fayette County, southwestern Henry County, southeastern Coweta County, northeastern Meriwether County, northwestern Pike County and Spalding County until 12:45 a.m.

12:01 a.m. Storms headed to DeKalb & Gwinnett in the next 30 minutes.

11:55 p.m. Gov. Deal expects to expand the number of counties on the state of emergency list as the night progresses and the storm moves east through the state.

11:48 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for western Clayton County, Fayette County, eastern Coweta County, northern Meriwether County, northwestern Pike County and western Spalding County until 12:30 a.m.

11:42 p.m. Paulding County Sheriff's Office is sending deputies to Floyd County to assist in their search and rescue efforts.

11:37 p.m. 2 fatalities and 2 injuries reported in Catoosa County. Major damage reported at Ringgold High and middle schools, Channel 2's Erica Byfield confirmed

11:33 p.m. Sirens going off in south Fulton County, according to the EMA

11:31 p.m. Super 8 motel evacuated in Catoosa County

11:20 p.m. Tornado warnings issued for south central Fulton, northern Fayette and Coweta counties until 12:00 a.m.

11:08 p.m. Tornado warnings issued for northwestern Harris County, Meriwether County and southern Troup County until 11:45 p.m.

11:01 p.m. Gov. Deal declares state of emergency in four counties: Catoosa, Dade, Floyd and Walker

11:00 p.m. Georgia Power update: 38,000 customers are without power statewide (16,000 Rome; 8,400 Trenton; 5,600 Cartersville and 800 metro Atlanta)

10:56 p.m. Channel 2 Action News Night Beat at 11 p.m. starts in four minutes.

10:49 p.m. Fire stations reported a tornado on the ground in Bartow County near Highway 140.

10:41 p.m. Glenn Burns: Storm system is a half hour away from downtown Atlanta.

10:30 p.m. AP: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox says sections of the city have been destroyed and its infrastructure has been decimated.

10:27 p.m. David Chandley on weather situation: our atmosphere is ripe for these storms

10:15 p.m. Power outage update: 35,000 statewide (15,000 Rome; 8,400 Trenton; 3,700 Cartersville and 1,300 metro Atlanta)

10:03 p.m. Several homes reportedly damaged in Cedartown.

9:57 p.m. Special Edition of Channel 2 Action News starts in 3 minutes.

9:50 p.m. Report of tornado on the ground near Waleska

9:43 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll County until 10:30 p.m.

9:37 p.m. Tornado warnings issued Floyd, Polk and Haralson counties extended until 10:15 p.m.

9:28 p.m. Tornado warning issued for Haralson County.

9:26 p.m. Tornado warning canceled for Paulding County.

9:25 p.m. Emergency official: Storms kill 25 in Alabama, bringing regional toll to 37

9:15 p.m. Paulding County Emergency Management is offering shelter from the storm. Please call 770-505-3681 if you need shelter from the approaching storms.

9:11 p.m. Tornado Warnings issued for Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Paulding and Pickens counties until 9:45 p.m.

9:10 p.m. Georgia Power Update: 26,000 customers without power statewide (14,100 Rome; 8,400 Trenton)

9:06 p.m. Channel 2's Tom Jones says hail is coming down in Rome at a fast pace.

9:03 p.m. Reports of a tornado touch down in Walker County; 65 homes affected, 30 destroyed. Shelter is open at the Walker County Agriculture Center, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

8:55 p.m. AP: Dade County Coroner Johnny Ray Gray said he's been told there are two deaths in Trenton and dozens of injuries. He said he didn't know the circumstances of how the people died.

8:50 p.m. Channel 2's Eric Philips says the wind seems to be picking up in downtown Atlanta. But so far, no rain or lightning.

8:40 p.m. Channel 2's Tony Thomas visited a shelter at a school in Kennesaw where he counted 50-60 people who decided to take cover from a mobile home park.

8:30 p.m. Glenn Burns: Intense cloud-to-ground lightning on way to Polk County.

8:15 p.m. Tornado warning issued for Floyd and Polk counties until 9:15 p.m.

7:50 p.m. In Dade County, more than 25 injuries were reported and one storm fatality in Trenton, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. There is also a medical triage at a local church. In Floyd County, GEMA said four injures were reported and 157 single family homes and 13 businesses were damaged. Thirty-two paved roads were closed and 15,000 w/out power.

6:45 p.m. 30,000 Georgia Power customers are without power statewide, including 15,100 in Rome; 6,000 in Trenton and 5,000 in metro Atlanta.


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