Storms tear through Southeastern U.S.
Workers at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club clean up storm debris Tuesday before a Masters tournament practice round.
April 5th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Storms tear through Southeastern U.S.

Northern Georgia took a beating from a fast-moving line of severe thunderstorms, as did the rest of the Southeast. Seven deaths were reported in three states. Here are reports from CNN affiliates and iReporters:

A father and his 3-year-old son were killed in Butts County, Georgia, southeast of Atlanta, when the storm hurled a tree into their home, WSB-TV reported.

Atlanta police said they found one person dead in a vehicle crushed by a fallen tree in northwest Atlanta, according to WXIA-TV.

Fallen trees and limbs were strewn across much of northern Georgia. Many of them fell on power lines, causing widespread power outages, WSB-TV reported.

Power was knocked out for more than 200,000 Georgia customers, 77,000 of them in metro Atlanta, according to WGCL-TV, which also reported a weather-related death in Dodge County and another in Colquitt County.

In southern Georgia, iReporter Rick Pennock of Quitman said, "The lightning was so intense it was like a red carpet event."

In Butler County, Kentucky, high winds - possibly from a tornado - tore the roof off Melvin Pendley's home.

"We realized what was happening, and water started pouring in half the house," Pendley told WBKO. "The ceilings are collapsed in the bedroom and half the living room. Half of the inside is still OK right now. With all this rain, we don't know what's going to happen now."

A tree crashed into the home of Howard and Dorothy Bryels in Little Rock, Arkansas. The house may be a total loss, but Dorothy Bryels told KLRT-TV that she sees a silver lining.

"The house is gone, but look at us, we're blessed. I'm not worried about that house," she said.

In Mississippi, Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart said 21-year-old Preston Carlock was killed when his vehicle hit a tree lying across a road, WAPT-TV reported. WGCL reported another storm-related death in Tennessee.

CNN iReporter Darrin Pikarski shot pictures of a 70-foot oak tree that fell on a home in Mooresville, North Carolina.

"It was as loud as loud could be," he said.

On Tuesday morning, shortly after the storms had passed, iReporter Grayson Daughters recorded a kayaker taking on strong wind and high waves at Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

"It looked like a teenager showing off to his friends, and we thought he was about to be swept out to sea," Daughters said. "He was still at it when we left, and there were some incredibly strong winds and tides."

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  1. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    $4 gas is here. Don't buy gas on Fridays.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      What if I need gas on Friday?

      April 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    My sympathy to those families who have lost loved ones.

    And how lovely that iReporter Grayson Daughters didn't think to warn the kid kayaking that his life was in danger. After all, “He was still at it when we left, and there were some incredibly strong winds and tides.” Nice.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gilligan

    Ginger needs more coconuts....

    April 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. katelynn whiteside

    thanks for your sampathy preston was my cousin and will be missed dearly

    April 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |