• Planes flipped over, buildings damaged by storms at Henry Co. airport

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    HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Strong storms moving through the metro Sunday damaged more than a dozen airplanes and some buildings at the Henry County Airport.
     
    Henry County’s Fire Chief Bill Lacy said nearly a dozen planes were damaged and four of them were flipped over by the high winds at Tara Field.
     
    “I actually crawled underneath my airplane,” said B.J. Elias, who was in his hanger when the storm blew through.
     
    “They are not real heavy to begin with maybe 1,500 pounds so 100 mph winds can just pick them up and throw them,” Elias said. 
     
    The EMA director says one plane was moved nearly 100 yards by the wind. There is also damage to several structures.
     
    “Now what we are going to do, the  planes will remain on the scene. We will put some security out here, until the morning to get some insurance people to take a look at them and to start the process of getting the airport back together,” said Don Ash, who is the emergency management director for Henry County.
     
    Ash said he was thankful no one was injured, and that the weather didn’t hit last Sunday, when the airport was full of private planes for the Nascar race.
     
    Officials from Henry County EMA are meeting with the National Weather Service at the airport to try and determine what caused the damage. NWS says they believe it may have been a microburst. Crews with Henry County will be back tomorrow morning, to assess the damage in the daylight. 


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