Man killed after tree falls on mobile home during Tropical Storm Zeta

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A man was killed Thursday morning when a tree fell on a mobile home in Cherokee County as Tropical Storm Zeta moved through north Georgia.

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It happened in a mobile home park off Bells Ferry Road. Police say the man was asleep in his bedroom when the tree came crashing into his home.

Police identified the man as Franklin Whyte, 22. Whyte was killed instantly.

Neighbors told Channel 2′s Tom Regan they heard a giant gust of wind around 4:30 a.m. that knocked the tree into the home.

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There were three other adults and one child inside the home that were able to get out safely.

“It shook me up. It woke me about 4:30. I heard the tree hit the Trailer. I’m just, wow … God bless him and his family,” neighbor Michelle Montgomery said.

Trees are down across north Georgia because of the strong wind and heavy rain over the past several hours.

At one point, more than 1 million people were without power Thursday morning.

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