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United States of America (the): Tornado: 2000/02/14 Country Information on DRR

Period 2000/02/14
Country or District United States of America (the)
Event Type Tornado
Outline More than 100 people were injured and at least 12 killed when the twisters struck just after midnight, severely damaging brick buildings and knocking down power lines in Colquitt, Tift, Mitchell and Grady counties near the towns of Moultrie and Camilla, about 200 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
CNN News 2000/02/16 14:22GMT
With at least 19 people dead from tornadoes, authorities said the toll could rise Tuesday because some people were missing, perhaps buried under rubble from the disaster. More than 100 were injured and hundreds were left homeless. Shelters were set up at churches and schools in the area. Parts of Camilla were flattened as the twisters roared through the dark about 40 minutes apart, striking the outskirts of town when most of Camilla's 5,500 residents were asleep. Power cuts hampered initial efforts to help the injured. The National Weather Service said the main tornado to hit Camilla had winds of 155 mph or more.

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CNN News 2000/02/17 02:48GMT
Federal and state officials have not yet released any estimate of the cost of the disaster. But the Insurance Information Institute estimated the total Georgia storm damage at $25 million, including homes, chicken coops, small businesses and farmland. The weather service's high-tech radar was of little use to storm victims who weren't watching television.

CNN News 2000/02/16 14:22GMT
The tornadoes smashed mobile homes, flipped automobiles and demolished trees into splinters . Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes declared disasters in all four counties. President Clinton is expected to issue a similar order from the federal government.