January weather woes: snow, torrential rains, flooding, tornadoes, death

The strong weather system that moved through Georgia Tuesday left behind a trail of downed trees and powerlines, flooded landscapes and streets, closed roads, and death.

“Hall County has experienced less than ten trees down across roadways that we have responded to since around 5 A.M. this morning,” the county’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security director Zach Brackett said late Tuesday afternoon. “These have been in various areas across the county. Flooding of several roadways has occurred but is resolving with the end of the rain this afternoon.”

Flooded and closed roads all across north Georgia were a common sight most of the day. In some places, fallen trees blocked roads for a time. In Clayton County south of Atlanta a motorist was killed Tuesday when a falling tree crushed his car. (Pictured: Water rushes across Georgia 197 in Habersham County. Photo by Habersham PIO Rob Moore.)

The same weather system left a trail of destruction in Alabama and especially in the Florida panhandle. That’s where extensive damage was reported in some places known for their white sandy beaches and warm Gulf of Mexico waters. It’s same system that dumped several feet of snow in places across the Midwest and in New England.

That part of the story here: Sprawling storms wallop US with tornado reports, damage and heavy snow, closing roads and schools – SRN News