Newscast: 6 dead following storms; 17,000 without power. 16th Bartow coronavirus victim. An Easter we won’t forget.

Newscast: 6 dead following storms; 17,000 without power. 16th Bartow coronavirus victim. An Easter we won’t forget.

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Ware Mechanical Weather Aftermath:

  • At least six are dead in Northwest Georgia following the Sunday night/early Monday storms. Among the victims is a 34-year-old Cartersville man who died when a tree fell on his house, according to WBHF. Two others there were injured.
  • In Murray County, Emergency Management tells Channel 9 of at least five deaths there.
  • Floyd County E-911 is asking people to stay at home this morning as cleanup begin and more reports of downed trees and power lines come in as the sun rises.
  • Power is out to more than 17,000 people across Northwest Georgia this morning. Major repairs took place overnight after the final storm wiped out power for much of southern Floyd County.
  • At least four roads are blocked in Floyd County and more across the region as of 7 this morning.

Coronavirus updates:

  • 16th Bartow resident dies; state death toll at 442. Positive tests here: 391; statewide, 12,547. Kemp briefing set for 4 p.m. this afternoon.
  • Business: Shaw resuming production at Bartow plants today. Toyo Tire idle for another week. Georgia Department of Labor update unemployment distribution.

Today’s other news:

  • Polk coroner: Silver Creek man dies in ATV accident off Johnson Lake Road late Saturday.  Cedartown passenger treated and released at Redmond.
  • T.K.’s story: Local businessman T.K. Hamilton shares his story of how God changed his life in new book, “ReRight: Life Re-Written by the Creator.”

NO RANT OF THE DAY BUT . . . :  We’re focusing on storm recovery for much of the morning. It was an anxious evening and night across Northwest Georgia as storm after storm pounded our area.

The first ones hit were in the Summerville area and a later storm followed nearly the exact same track.

We join the Bartow County community in mourning the loss of a 34-year-old man as a tree fell on his home, and the five people who died in Murray County.

Weather forecasters said this would be the most intense storm we’ve seen, perhaps in almost a decade, and they were right. The last time we got hit this hard was April 27-28 in 2011. Seven people died in Catoosa County with 30 others injured.

The storms developed following a cloudy Easter morning where most gathered in front of computer screens or smart phones to watch traditional services – even if they weren’t in traditional settings.

Georgians already under a shelter-at-home order from the governor found themselves seeking further shelter as the storms began to develop around 7 p.m. In  Alabama, their issue was getting people into storm shelters while observing social distancing. Gov. Kay Ivey suspended some of the coronavirus restrictions during the sheltering.

It will be another Easter that Northwest Georgia won’t forget.




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