ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — At an April 13 briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Brian Kemp discussed the damage left by last night’s severe storms, which ravaged a number of areas around the state, including Murray, Catoosa, Chattanooga and Upson Counties. Kemp said two areas in Murray County “looked like a bomb went off.”
According to officials, there were a total of eight known deaths. Murray County Coroner Jason Gibson confirmed there were seven in his county, and he said they were still working to notify their family members. Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton confirmed one death in his county and identified the person as William Gregory McConnell, 34.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Kemp said 49 people were injured, 23 homes were destroyed, 59 homes had minor damage, and 248 homes were waiting to be assessed.
He also said there were 59,000 people without power at the time of the briefing.READ MORE: Wild Ride: Suspects Identified In Carroll County Police Chase
This comes as people are losing jobs and are under a statewide shelter in place in response to COVID-19.
Kemp referenced the State of Emergency he declared earlier in the day as a result of the damage “to facilitate the deployment of critically needed resources around the state.”
“With Georgia’s resolve, I know that we will rebuild what was lost,” he said.MORE NEWS: Deal Between Battery Firms A Big Lift For Georgia
Kemp said the state is working with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation and Georgia Forestry Commission to clear the storm debris and assist families as needed.