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Storms devastate South
15 dead in Ga.; search continues for missing
WEB Severe Weather Georgi Heal-1
Homes in Trenton, Ga., were damaged during overnight storms Wednesday. - photo by Chattanooga Times Free Press
RINGGOLD, Ga. - The storms that battered Georgia arrived with an almost unthinkable ferocity - tossing tractor-trailers off the interstate, flattening entire neighborhoods, ripping out large trees by the roots and reducing a busy thoroughfare of motels and restaurants to rubble. Though Bulloch County received no damage, Portal area citizens spotted a funnel cloud overhead as they stood near Portal Elementary School on Portal-Metter Highway around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. Although regional tornado watches had been canceled, Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said the funnel cloud was indeed a tornado.
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