An EF-1 tornado that hit Spalding County on Monday night knocked down at least 200 trees, including one that split an elderly couple's home in half.
The storm came without warning and left a path of destruction along Highway 92 near Griffin.
Three injuries occurred when cars were either struck or ran into downed trees along Highway 92 near Bicycle Road.
Carolyn Jones watched as crews removed the tree that split her home of 53 years in half.
The tree came just inches from hitting Jones and her husband, James.
"Lights flickered, came back on, and then we heard this tremendous noise, I mean it was a loud, loud, loud noise and I said, 'that's a tornado,'" said Carolyn Jones.
The Joneses said the storm hit, without warning, around 10:30 p.m. They had just gone to bed when the loud noise sent them scrambling into the hallway for cover.
"Seconds, and it was over, and I told my wife 'well, it's over,' so we got up, looked in that room, and there was a tree, in our bedroom," said James Jones.
A huge tree crashed into the couple's front guest bedroom, just inches from where they were hiding and in the same bedroom where their grandkids often sleep.
The couple was not injured and managed to crawl out their back door. Once outside, they found their large yard littered with downed trees.
The house next door, vacant, also had a tree in it. Several more trees stretched across the busy highway about a quarter-of-a-mile up.
The couple said they lost a lot of pictures and books in the storm. They know they'll be out of their beloved home for months, but plan to rebuild because to them, this is home. For now, they're just happy to be alive.
"I am blessed, we are. 'Thank you Lord,' that was the first thing I said," said Carolyn Jones.
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