More strong to severe storms headed for North Georgia

This building near Elberton collapsed as severe weather rolled through the region on Monday, May 3. The man trapped inside was rescued uninjured. (photo by Elbert County Emergency Services)

A cold front approaching from the west will trigger another round of strong to severe thunderstorms across northern and central Georgia today. In Northeast Georgia, the worst of the weather is expected to arrive this afternoon and tonight.


The threat of more bad weather comes on the heels of a deadly tornado outbreak on Monday.

Scott Hudson died Monday, May 3 in Douglasville when a tree fell on his car less than three miles from his family-run restaurant. (Photo Credit: WXIA TV)

Severe weather caused widespread damage and power outages across Georgia and killed two people in Georgia.

A man died in Douglasville when a tree fell on his car Monday morning, just three miles away from his family-run restaurant, WXIA TV reports.

In the community of Bonaire southeast of Warner Robbins, Carla Harris, 55, died after she was struck by a tree that fell through her home, the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said.

Farther north, near Elberton, at least two radar-confirmed tornadoes were reported leaving one woman thankful to see her husband alive.

In a post shared by Elbert County Emergency Services, Susan Blackmon told how first responders dug her husband out of the rubble after he was trapped inside a collapsed building.

“The hand of God reached down and held my husband in the palm of His hand today,” she wrote. “Dino was caught in here when it collapsed. He hid under some metal and granite countertops, and came out with absolutely no injuries.”

At Elbert County Comprehensive High School, students and staff took cover in hallways as the storm system passed.

The National Weather Service said at least two radar-indicated tornadoes touched down in the Elbert County and Upstate area Monday afternoon, but at least two more could be confirmed as officials investigate the aftermath.

According to the NWS, the first touchdown was just after 2 p.m. near Lowndesville, South Carolina, 13 miles northeast of Elberton.

Monday’s severe weather impacted people across the southern Plains and Mid-Atlantic.

As the severe weather threat continues for North and Central Georgia today, forecasters warn of increased isolated flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, isolated large hail, and possible tornadoes. They urge the public to stay weather aware and have a plan in place to take shelter from storms if necessary.

This article has been updated to reflect the latest storm death toll in Georgia

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