2 Dead on Second Day of Ga. Storms

State of emergency declared as storm watch continues
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2008 8:02 PM CDT
A woman looks through a broken window in Atlanta, Saturday, March 15, 2008.   (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
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(Newser) – Waves of thunderstorms clobbered the stunned city of Atlanta today, killing two and wounding at least four others, CNN reports. The storms leveled more than 20 homes and downed power lines, leaving 40,000 people—including 10,000 in Atlanta—without power in northern Georgia. Authorities are warning people to stay home as a storm watch continues overnight.

Ten possible tornadoes were reported today in Atlanta and North Georgia, and 75 hail storms swept across the state, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Officials estimate up to $150 million in damage, mostly during the storm that struck Atlanta yesterday, ripping holes in the Georgia Dome and shattering windows at the World Congress center. "I have not seen anything like this before," Atlanta fire Battalion Chief Gerry Rusinski said. "It looked like 9-11 when we pulled up."