Weather & Natural Disasters

Severe storms batter Georgia leaving 11 dead, 23 injured: Emergency officials

Alastair Jamieson

At least 11 people are dead and 23 injured after severe storms struck Georgia, emergency officials said early Sunday.

Two of the fatalities were reported in Berrien County, where a tree fell on a family home, according to the coroner's office there.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for counties in south central Georgia that were impacted by the severe weather.

"These storms have devastated communities and homes in South Central Georgia, and the state is making all resources available to the impacted areas," Deal said in a statement.

The National Weather Service said an outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms was expected across south Georgia and north Florida on Sunday.

Georgia electrical companies reported Saturday morning that the storm affect service for 8,599 across the state.

It came a day after a tornado struck Hattiesburg, Mississippi, leaving four dead.

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