Newton County

Neighbors picking up the pieces after the Newton County community was struck by storm, tornadoes

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — If Thursday’s storm was like a dream, Friday’s reality was definitely like a nightmare for people in West Covington.

Channel 2′s Audrey Washington drove around the area and found tree after tree down, along with debris, twisted metal, broken branches and much more.

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“It was like a dream,” neighbor Merlin Moore said.

On Friday, Moore was seen surveying the damage to his house and backyard. He says he and his wife were inside when the winds sent a large tree crashing onto his roof.

“It sounded like a train came through. I mean strong winds, I couldn’t even see my truck with the rain and the wind,” he said.


Just down the street, we spotted crews clearing branches from this home; a large tree nearly split in half.

Still, Moore says he’s thankful both he and his neighbors survived.

“It was just unreal,” he said.

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“How long have you lived here?” we asked. “25 years,” Moore responded.

“Have you ever seen anything like this?”

“No ma’am,” he said.