Updated Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Myrtle Hill update. Friday afternoon/evening sports cancellations. Plus: Severe weather rattles Floyd, Polk, Bartow counties Thursday night — almost the same scenario of violent weather that rocked the area 11 years ago today.

Updated Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Myrtle Hill update. Friday afternoon/evening sports cancellations. Plus: Severe weather rattles Floyd, Polk, Bartow counties Thursday night — almost the same scenario of violent weather that rocked the area 11 years ago today.

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FOR MORE: Small tornado, with maximum winds of 75 mph, damaged two homes near Booger Hollow and Randall roads in southern Floyd County Thursday night. Updates

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Rain brings down parts of the wall along South Broad at Myrtle Hill overnight. Hometown photo. Below: City crews on the scene Friday morning.

THE LATEST

Update on the Myrtle Hill wall: From Chris Jenkins, Rome’s Public Works Director: “Approximately 50 foot of marble wall fell from Myrtle Hill located on the South Broad side.  A few vaults ( with caskets in them) were exposed. They were covered and protected with tarp overnight. We will have crews removing the marble and debris off of the sidewalk. The sidewalk will be closed until the permanent repairs are made. We will look at using the marble for the repair of the new wall. ”

SPORTS UPDATES

From YMCA: Grizzard Park is closed this Friday night because the fields are saturated. A decision on Saturday will be made by 8 a.m. tomorrow.
 
From YMCA: Youth practices today at Hugh Selman Baseball Complex at North Floyd Park are canceled this evening because of field conditions.
Today’s Rome at Cass game has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

 

OVERNIGHT

Eleven years ago today, a series of severe storms spawned tornadoes that killed one person in Polk County and injured another. (See update below). On the eve of that anniversary, residents of Polk, Floyd and Bartow counties faced another potential tornado threat. Tornado warnings were posted as a storm moved from the Gadsden area Thursday night through Cave Spring, Lindale and later parts of Polk County.

This time, most of the damage was done of trees and power lines. At one point, 2,500 people were without power in southern Polk County. Almost all were restored overnight.

The storms continued overnight, with several other warnings posted through 3:30 this morning. The front has left our area with cooler temperatures to follow (it was 61 at 5 a.m.!)

We’ll have additional storm aftermath updates this morning and a wrapup at 7:40 a.m. on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM.

About the March 15, 2008 storm (from the National Weather Service):

“In 2008, an EF-3 tornado touched down in extreme north central Polk County, just east of the town of Seney near the Floyd County line. The tornado then tracked approximately 16 miles across extreme northeast Polk County, extreme southeast Floyd County, and into southern Bartow County before lifting southwest of Cartersville. The tornado had a maximum path width of a half mile. In Polk County, four homes were destroyed, two sustained major damage, five had minor damage, and five others were minimally impacted. One fatality and one injury occurred where a home was destroyed.”

RAINFALL since 6 p.m. Thursday

Rome: 1.16 inches.

Cartersville: 0.60 of an inch.

Calhoun: 0.83 of an inch. Highest gust 29.2 mph.

POWER OUTAGES

Georgia Power: At one point late Thursday, more than 2,500 customers in southern Polk County and nearly 150 in south Floyd County were without power. As of 5:30 a.m. Friday, 50 people lacked service near Cedartown and around 50 west of Trion.

North Georgia EMC: A handful of outages this morning.

OUTLOOK

Showers and a few thunderstorms ahead of a cold front will move through north and central Georgia today into this evening. Isolated storms could become strong to severe with localized damaging wind gusts possible.

FORECAST

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers between 1pm and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 55. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

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