Tornadoes rip south

A twister spawned by Hurricane Katrina ripped through Georgia Monday night.

BY HEATHER MOYER | CARROLLTON, Ga. | August 30, 2005

A twister spawned by Hurricane Katrina ripped through Georgia Monday night, destroying as many as 30 homes and injuring one person.

The Carroll County Emergency Management Agency said the National Weather Service has yet to confirm that it was a tornado, but both trained storm spotters and a sheriff captured footage of the storm. The hardest hit area was near the city of Carrollton in the southern part of the county.

County officials said the tornado also destroyed 17 chicken houses, killing an estimated 500,000 birds.

More tornadoes were reported in Peach and Taylor counties as well. Authorities in Peach County said a tornado destroyed several homes and a bank. More than six homes suffered tornado damage in Taylor County.

A twister also touched down in Helen, a tourist city some 80 miles northeast of Atlanta. The tornado ripped the second floor off a hotel and knocked out power to the entire community.

Tornadoes are common once a hurricane comes ashore, and the remnants of Hurricane Katrina are prompting tornado warnings across the South and Mid-Atlantic region. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for huge sections of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee Tuesday morning.

Forecasters in Maryland and Virginia are warning residents about possible tornadoes Tuesday afternoon.

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