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    Posted April 28, 2011 by
    FocusFirm
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    Madison, Georgia
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Tornado swarm devastates South

    FocusFirm and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Southern storms
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    Tornado Damage in Madison, GA

     

    A tornado touched down in Madison, GA late last night. There is sporadic destruction all throughout the city, and downed trees all along the sides of I-20 around the Madison exit.

     

    Driving up 441 you see a Dollar General with the metal roof lying in front of the store, and the wall on the left side of the store bashed in. Up the road from that is a little strip mall with the roof torn off and other severe damage done.

     

    The owner of the Apparel store told me she was inside the store when the storm hit, and it sounded like a freight train going by. This is the telltall sign of a tornado. That and the fact her roof is over 100 yards away from the building.

     

    I spoke with the lady who is with the Salon that was destroyed, and while she is grateful nobody was hurt, she is now out of a job. The Salon is severely damaged.

     

    I spoke with the man in the wheelchair, and he and his bedridden 87 year old mother had to ride out the storm. A tree has fallen on his house and put holes in his roof. He only has fire insurance, and he recently used all of his cash to pay for his father's funeral. The power company estimates the power will be out here for 2 days, leaving the wheelchair bound man and his bedridden mother stuck in a damaged house with no power. Fortunately, his children and other folks are at least cutting the tree that has fallen on his house.

     

    In another photo, you can see that a mechanic's garage completely caved in, leaving the cars in the shop in far worse shape than they arrived in.

     

    No reports yet of fatalities in Madison.

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