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Georgia Storm 2011: Calhoun, Rome, Other Cities Damaged By Weather

12/23/11 09:12 AM ET   AP

ROME, Ga. — At least seven people were injured in Georgia as powerful storms roared across the state, damaging homes, downing trees and knocking out power to thousands, authorities said.

A survey team planned to visit Gordon County on Friday to determine whether a tornado was responsible for damage Thursday to homes near Calhoun, said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga.

"We've received reports that we had some major structural damage reported in southern Gordon County with at least one home destroyed and several damaged," Garcia told The Associated Press.

One home was blown off its foundation and the family inside was tossed into the yard.

"The house started shaking and then we started moving, and I said, `here we go,'" Davison Sheriff told Atlanta station WSB-TV.

His pregnant wife, Ashley, said her husband clung to her and their 1-year-old son with a bear hug as they rolled through their yard.

"He definitely saved our lives, him and God, that's for sure," she told WSB. "It shows you that you are not guaranteed tomorrow."

In the northwest Georgia city of Rome, about 20 miles southwest of the Calhoun area, high winds tore the roof off a building at Shorter University, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

Georgia Power estimated more than 19,000 customers lost electricity Thursday evening, with about two-thirds of them in the Rome area.

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