At least 8 people died in the storms that ripped through Northwest Georgia on Easter night and into Monday morning. Seven people were confirmed dead in Murray County, Georgia. Officials believe that the likely tornado that went through Murray County was a result of the same storm that traveled through Oak Hill, Berryton, Pennville and Halls Valley in Chattooga County.
Commissioner Winters said that he talked with state officials on Monday who were working to confirm the likely tornado in Chattooga County that majorly damaged or destroyed as many as 40 homes and damaged near 100 in all.
Governor Brian Kemp traveled to Murray County on Monday to speak with some of the victims of the storm. Later in the afternoon, the governor issued another state of emergency for the Northwest Georgia region. That’s in addition to the state of emergency already in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor’s declaration will open the door for funding for those impacted by the storm.
In addition to those who lost their lives in Murray County, one person was also killed in Bartow County when a tree fell on his house.