At least 16 killed in powerful Georgia storms

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported extensive damage in some parts of Georgia, with numerous felled trees and downed power lines in several counties. (Representative image) Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Washington, United States Jan 22, 2017, 06.02 PM (IST)

At least 16 people have been killed after powerful weekend storms tore through the southeastern US state of Georgia, media reported on Sunday.

A rural part of south-central Georgia was hardest hit, including a trailer park where seven people were killed, Cook County coroner Tim Purvis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atlanta TV channel WSB reported, meanwhile, that another four people were killed elsewhere in the state, along with 23 others who were injured.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported extensive damage in some parts of Georgia, with numerous felled trees and downed power lines in several counties.

Although the storms have passed, authorities warned that a second line of severe weather is advancing, with the threat of more heavy rain and powerful winds.

The National Weather Service warned of an "increased threat of strong, long-track tornadoes," that could hit northern and central Georgia Sunday evening.

Some areas have already received four inches (10 centimeters) of rain and could get up to three additional inches, the NWS said.

(AFP)