A home is shown after a possible tornado moved through the area Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, near Woodstock, Ga. One person was injured in a possible tornado in Cherokee County as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee crossed the state Monday afternoon, authorities said. Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's department said the storm toppled trees, snapped power lines and damaged homes near Woodstock. He said the victim was taken to the hospital but the person's condition was not known. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
ATLANTA -- One person was injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged in a possible tornado in Cherokee County as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee crossed the state Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff's department said the storm toppled trees, snapped power lines and damaged homes in Woodstock. The victim was taken to the hospital after being hit by falling debris but his injuries were not life-threatening, Baker said.
Throughout the subdivision, trees were splintered and roof shingles were ripped off of homes, officials said. Even the county's Emergency Management Agency had to take cover during the storm.
"These are some heavily populated areas," Baker said. "We're trying to figure out how bad the extent of the damage is."
Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Janak said about 100 homes were damaged by the storm in Cherokee County. In other parts of the state, six families were evacuated from a Catoosa County apartment building because of flooding, while slick roads caused an 18-car pileup in Monroe County, Janak said.
No injuries were reported in those incidents, she said.
"Tropical storm Lee really made a mess in Georgia," she said.
Much of Georgia was hit with heavy rains and strong winds as the storm systems from Lee moved through. Most of the state was under tornado and flood watches starting Monday afternoon lasting into early Tuesday.
The state was expected to get up to four inches of rain by Tuesday morning.
At the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, owner Mickey Swims estimated his racetrack had up to $500,000 worth of damage -- including about 2,000 feet of chain-link fence uprooted from its concrete base, walls blown out of a bathrooms and concession stands and tractor-trailer trucks turned into mangled messes. Swims said he and his wife hid in their home's basement about a mile from the racetrack during the storm.
"I heard it and saw the trees go around and around," Swims told The Associated Press. "I knew when I heard it that if it touched down, it was going to be bad."