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Governor Brian Kemp tours tornado damage in Cook, Mitchell counties

Cook County confirms 2 tornadoes touched down
Posted at 6:31 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:31:03-04

COOK COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Georgia Governor Brian Kemp toured both Mitchell and Cook Counties Friday, evaluating the damage left behind after severe storms tore through parts of Georgia and Florida.

Kemp was shocked by the aftermath of the storms as he spoke with families, going home to home. More than anything, he says he's glad there was no loss of life.

Kemp toured parts of the city of Cecil and Adel in Cook County, viewing areas directly hit.

The county Emergency Services Director, Johnny West, gave him a briefing on Thursday’s events, confirming to the Governor that two tornadoes touched down and moved through the county.

Kemp says some of the damage he saw was devastating.

"We just saw a home on the, way over here, where the corner of the house had been taken off," said Kemp. "You can see the side of the baby crib. There was actually a baby in that crib, and that child and that family survived. So, I'm just thankful to the good lord for that."

Kemp says this tour will help them get an understanding of how much relief they may need to help.

Emergency Management is still out surveying the damage, and there have been injuries reported, but they are minor.

Kemp says even though there is great damage, the county will recover.