March 3rd, 2023 – 6:15 PM
Ethan Garrett – WRGA Digital News Editor and Video Reporter –
Friday afternoon strong storms rolled through Northwest Georgia destroying multiple power lines, downing multiple trees, and causing damage to properties all across Floyd County.
Floyd County E-911, Rome & Floyd County Police, and the Rome Floyd Fire Department received many calls regarding trees in the road and also on local properties.
In addition to knocking out multiple traffic intersections in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia Power reported that over 1,800 customers (in the Rome area) were without power at some point after the severe weather came through.
Damage was reported at Model Elementary School. An awning was destroyed when it was blown from the building and struck a vehicle on campus. The vehicle sustained some minor damage. No one was injured, according to Floyd County School Superintendent Glenn White.
Damage to trees and power lines around Berry College was also reported.
According to Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Herrington, the National Weather Service reported radar-indicated rotation as part of the storm, and a Tornado Warning was in effect for a short time in Floyd County. At the time of this report, Herrington said he has gotten no reports of any tornados touching down.