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January 30, 2013

Suspected Ga. tornado prompts state of emergency

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in Bartow and Gordon counties, areas that were hardest hit during a suspected tornado.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English says the Red Cross has opened shelters to serve up to 35 people in Bartow County Wednesday. The storm killed one person in Adairsville and nine others were injured in Bartow County. State Route 140 was closed through the county as crews worked to repair fallen power lines and I-75 had reopened by 5 p.m.

Deal says eight people were injured in Gordon County and two of the injured were in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say no one has been reported missing after the storm, and crews hope to complete search and rescue efforts by 10 p.m.

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