ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Forecasters issued a tornado watch for 14 Georgia counties as fierce storms that ripped the roofs from buildings and knocked out power to 18,000 customers in Alabama headed toward southwest Georgia.

The National Weather Service said the tornado watch in Georgia would be effect until Thursday evening. It included the southwest Georgia cities of Albany, Blakely, Bainbridge, Cairo, Colquitt and Donalsonville.

The storms were moving into the state from south Alabama. They knocked out power to 18,000 customers statewide Thursday morning.

Alabama Power spokeswoman Keisa Sharpe-Johnson says the outages were spread across the state, with about 8,600 in the hard-hit Mobile area. A storm that struck Mobile peeled the roofs from buildings, toppled some trucks and blew down Oak trees and limbs, leading to some road closures.


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