Coweta County residents are waking up to widespread damage, downed trees and heavily damaged or destroyed homes.
At one point, the National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the city of Newnan in the early hours of Friday.
We have teams deployed by the metro in the areas most affected by the storms. Stay with WSBTV.com and tune in to Channel 2 Action News this morning starting at 4:30 am as we assess the damage done to our area.
Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns and Meteorologist Brad Nitz tracked the storm LIVE as the dangerous storm line moved from Alabama into the Atlanta metro.
In a tweet, the city of Newnan said: “The city experienced severe damage in and around the historic center due to the weather tonight.”
Several onlookers approached Channel 2 Action News and said Newnan High School sustained significant damage. A tweet on the school’s account said the school would be closed for the entire county on Friday. The sheriff’s office asked people with chainsaws to meet at the school to help clear the trees. Neighboring Heard County schools are also closed due to storm damage.
Spectators sent photos to Channel 2 Action News showing trees throughout the city, partially ripped cladding and roofs from houses, and trees through buildings.
Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon He arrived in Newnan around 1:30 am and found damage in the areas near the town square and there was clearly no electricity in the area.
Channel 2’s Darryn Moore reported that there were extensive trees along and off LaGrange Street. He spoke to a woman who said the storm tore a tree from the ground into an apartment. Moore said the roads are impassable due to tree limbs, mud and downed power lines. There are also reports of people trapped by the rubble.
Newnan Utilities posted a video on its Facebook page of teams working quickly to remove trees and restore power.
Meanwhile, Newnan police made a desperate request to keep the cars off the roads. The sheriff’s office issued a similar warning to people driving in the middle of the night to check for damage.