Posted: Wednesday, March 20th 2013 at 5:06am
2 Ga. counties hit by tornado in Monday storm
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Meriwether and Pike counties during Monday's severe thunderstorms.
Forecasters said the EF-2 tornado touched down around 6:10 p.m. in Meriwether County and traveled east into Pike County. National Weather Service forecasters in Peachtree City say the tornado had a top wind speed of about 120 mph and traveled about 13 miles.
Tornadoes range from EF-1 to EF-5 - which is the most severe. Officials say the tornado hit a primarily rural area, and thousands of trees toppled in the counties.
The tornado was part of a storm system that killed a man in northwest Georgia when a tree fell onto his truck.
Georgia Power officials say about 15,950 customers were still without service in 600 separate outages Tuesday afternoon.
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