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Severe Storms Devastate Ellijay: Community Faces Major Cleanup

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Ellijay residents are grappling with the aftermath of severe storms that ravaged the area overnight, causing extensive damage and power outages. Fierce winds and heavy rain led to downed trees, torn roofs, and scattered debris across Gilmer County, prompting school officials to cancel Friday classes due to hazardous road conditions.

Local resident Ellen Parks described the storm’s intensity, fearing her house would collapse as shingles were torn from her roof. Power crews are working tirelessly to restore electricity, while residents like Greg Griffies are assessing the damage to their property. The Georgia Forestry Commission’s building also suffered significant structural damage, highlighting the storm’s widespread impact. Despite the destruction, no injuries have been reported, and the community remains resilient as they begin the long road to recovery.