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Mother's Day 2008 will be remembered by many in Georgia as a day of fury by Mother Nature. Severe thunderstorms plowed through portions of North and Central Georgia during the morning hours of May 11, 2008 resulting in damaging wind, large hail and several tornadoes. At least one person was killed by a tornado and several were injured. The damage was so extensive in some areas that Governor Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency in six Georgia counties, and some schools were closed for a couple of days.
in Carroll County...
Outside the two EF2 tornadoes...widespread tree and roof damage from straight-line winds was noted all along Georgia Highway 166 from west of Carrollton...near Bowden...eastward to western Douglas County near Fairplay. The Carroll County Emergency Services facility sustained moderate damage. Damage continued eastward along Georgia Highway 166 toward the Douglas County line...mainly in the form of downed trees and minor roof damage all along the path. At various locations along this path...damage extended up to three miles to the south...but this was determined to be straight-line wind damage.
The damage from this tornadic and straight-line wind event extended into south Fulton County where tree damage was noted just north of Fairburn...along South River Road in Douglasville and along Highway 92 in the Chestnut Ridge subdivision. The damage was concluded to have been caused by straight line winds in south Fulton County.