ATLANTA — People are stepping up to help after a wave of severe weather tore across the southeastern United States, pummeling Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and other neighboring states.
Swarms of tornados in Alabama left at least five people dead in their wake. Here in Georgia, a powerful EF-4 tornado ripped through Newnan leaving many with destroyed properties. Another two tornados are likely to have touched down in northwest Georgia.
But tornados weren't the only threat that our state saw - hail also fell, and heavy rains led to flooding in northern Georgia.
Below are just some of the areas where organizations, authority figures, and neighbors are stepping in to help.
Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.
Home Depot Foundation
Volunteers with the Home Depot Foundation have been at Newnan High school since 8 a.m. on Saturday. 11Alive's Hope Ford said they are handing out supplies, trash bags, hand sanitizer, and water to volunteers and homeowners. They’re distributing items out in neighborhoods.
A spokesperson for the foundation told 11Alive's LaPorsche Thomas they plan to distribute 300 tornado relief kits to residents in Newnan that include N95 masks, paper towels, trash bags, gloves, and additional cleaning supplies.
The Foundation’s national nonprofit partner Team Rubicon is cleaning up debris and damage, a spokesperson said.
"The Home Depot Foundation is actively assessing damage alongside national nonprofit partners including the American Red Cross, Convoy of Hope, and Operation Blessing," the spokesperson said. "Team Depot, the company’s associate volunteer force, is assisting in immediate relief efforts by building disaster relief kits and preparing production donations for those impacted."
West Georgia Technical College
The college has a help area set up. They are giving away water and other essentials for those impacted by the storm.
Georgia Department of Transportation
GDOT crews sawing downed trees on Greenville St. in Newnan. Crews are working to clear a path to a house and power pole just beyond the limbs here.