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Haralson and Carroll Survey Damage

Both Carroll County and Haralson County are still assessing damage caused by severe thunderstorms and tornadoes Monday night. Both counties have not yet put a final cost to the damage suffered by the storm.

Since no state of emergency was issued for the area, it is unlikely that the counties will see assistance on a state or federal level.
Carroll County Director of Emergency Management, Tim Padgett said that the county did not reach the damage threshold required to declare a state of emergency, “We did not declare a local state of emergency and we do not have enough damage to actually request any from the State of Georgia because it did not overwhelm us locally.”

Haralson County Chairman Allen Poole hopes that Governor Nathan Deal will make an emergency declaration for his county. Haralson experienced a tornado that the national weather service has categorized as an EF- 1.   

Poole said no timeline has been set for cleanup but urges residents to keep patience, ” We ask them to be patient. We are diligently looking to try to make sure that we get the right of ways cleaned up.”   

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday, categorized the tornado that affected the entire campus of Jacksonville State University on Monday, as an EF-3. Several buildings sustained significant damage. However, the most intense winds remained north of the campus, mowing down trees and causing direct damage to homes. The tornado is believed to have continued across Cleburne County and produced damage near Fruithurst and Muscadine before crossing the Georgia state line. The estimated path length to the Georgia state line is 34.29 miles and at its widest point, it was 1900 yards wide.
 

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