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Damage at Harris County High School in Harris County, GA ( Viewer submitted photo) Damage at Harris County High School in Harris County, GA ( Viewer submitted photo)
Photo of a damaged car at Harris County High School (Viewer submitted photo) Photo of a damaged car at Harris County High School (Viewer submitted photo)
A family's car is destroyed after a tree snaps and crushes it. The family says they just bought the car last week. (Source: Curtis McCloud) A family's car is destroyed after a tree snaps and crushes it. The family says they just bought the car last week. (Source: Curtis McCloud)
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News Leader 9 is taking storm damage reports from the public. If you have anything that you would like to report, send it to newsrelease@wtvm.com or post it on our Facebook wall

CLOSINGS
Harris County, GA -
All schools in Harris County are closed Thursday and Friday. Since Thanksgiving break is next week, students will return to class after Thanksgiving. 

AFTERMATH STORM DAMAGE LOG: 

2:50 p.m. Harris County and Meriwether County, GA
- Georgia Power tells News Leader 9 less than 100 customers are without power in Manchester, GA.  About 120 customers in Harris County are without power while all customers in Meriwether County are back online.

SLIDESHOW:
Severe Weather Photos November 16


2:49 p.m. Harris County, GA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is requesting motorists avoid traveling on SR 116 and SR 1 because maintenance crews are in the area working to remove debris, downed trees and limbs. Work is expected to continue through the weekend.  Delays are expected in the area as this work occurs. Detours and traffic stops could be installed at any time as work continues. Motorists can access real-time, statewide, route-specific information on accidents, road work, traffic and weather conditions through Georgia 511 - a free phone, web, and mobile service.  By dialing 511, callers also can transfer to operators to 24 hours a day to report incidents or request assistance.  The system can be used to access transit providers, major airports, rideshare organizations, tourism information and 511 systems in surrounding states.  Additionally, 511 is available online or as a hybrid solution via a free download for your smart phone.  Georgia DOT partners with sponsors for assistance in funding 511, preserving tax dollars and helping sustain critical services.  For more information about 511, its mobile application download, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit 511ga.org.  For information on the Department of Transportation, visit (www.dot.ga.gov); you also may follow Georgia DOT on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/gadeptoftrans).

12:25 p.m. Lee County, AL - The Lee County Red Cross tells us that 9 homes were destroyed. In addition, 77 homes have major damages where as 63 have minor damages. 

10:30 a.m. Auburn, AL - The following update is from the city of Auburn: 
City departments are working to evaluate and clear damage caused by a storm event earlier today. The City has received reports of downed trees and property damage, but no serious injuries have been reported. Power remains out in portions of the City. Motorists are encouraged to avoid all but necessary travel, as street cleanup and repair of affected traffic signals continues.  The Jan Dempsey Community Art Center and Frank Brown Recreation Center have been closed for the afternoon due to power outages.  Due to the cleanup effort, the City's Environmental Services Department reports that there may be a delay in the collection of yard debris in pickup routes this week. Auburn City Schools reports that all athletic events and practices have been canceled for the afternoon. Auburn City Schools will be in session tomorrow. Parents and the media will be notified if continued power outages affect the status of any school.  City personnel will continue to work to clear the roadways and rights-of-way of storm damage. To report storm damage or unsafe conditions that have not been addressed please call the City's non-emergency line at 501-3100. As always, please call 911 for emergency assistance. 

4:15 a.m. Harris County, GA: - News Leader 9 confirms that emergency calls have been restored in Harris County. Emergency calls are no longer being routed to Columbus. The system went back up around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, according to dispatchers. 

NOVEMBER 16 STORM DAMAGE LOG:
6:15 p.m. Auburn, AL -  The following update is from Auburn University:
Auburn University is aware that some students have been displaced by the severe weather that impacted the Auburn area this afternoon. The Division of Student Affairs has personnel available to assist displaced students who need a temporary, safe place to stay tonight. To reach the Division of Student Affairs, call (334) 707-4466. This number will be answered 24 hours a day. Students who need academic accommodations should contact their faculty member directly to discuss their needs. The Department of Public Safety and Security has not received any reports of injuries. The campus sustained only minor damage and all classes are being held as normally scheduled.

5:15 p.m. Auburn, AL - The following information is from the Auburn Police Department: 
A significant weather system moved through Auburn just after noon today causing power outages as well as downed trees and power lines.  There were several reported traffic accidents but none with serious injuries.  Some light to moderate damage to several homes and other structures was also reported.  No injuries were reported in those incidents.  Traffic lights remain out in a number of intersections and some streets have been closed for cleanup.  Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roadways.  Those that must travel should exercise extreme caution.  All available police officers are working at this time. Officers will remain vigil throughout the evening and night.     


5:15 p.m. Lee County, AL -
News Leader 9 has learned from the National Weather Service that it believes a tornado touched down in Lee County and traveled more than 26 miles through Auburn and Opelika. NWS is basing its estimates on damage reports in Lee County. Officials estimate the tornado may have possibly been an EF-2. Crews are still in East Alabama surveying the damage. We hope to get a confirmation from them sometime this week. 

4:50 p.m. Harris County, GA  - New Leader 9 confirms that the Agriculture Center in Hamilton of Highway 116 was destroyed in Wednesday's surge of storms. 

4:20 p.m. Auburn, AL - News Leader 9 observes crews cleaning up debris near Auburn High School. Behind the school several homes and cares were damaged by Wednesday afternoon's storm system. 

2:26 p.m. Harris County, GA - News Leader 9 confirms the 911 center is destroyed. Crews are routing all emergency calls through Columbus.  In addition, it is confirmed that there is damage to a Harris County high school.

2:19 p.m.  Hamilton, GA – Reports of damage to the courthouse in Hamilton.

2:15 p.m. Harris County, GA – Possible damage reported at the 911 center

2:14 p.m.  Notasulga, AL – Reports of four homes destroyed on Whitman Hill Road. Additional buildings in Notasulga may be damaged as well. We'll follow up. 

2:00 p.m. Harris County, GA –  Possible  damage reported at Harris County High School

1:42 p.m.  Opelika, AL 
- A viewer tells us that a huge tree is blocking Highway 280 outside Opelika  near exit 62.

1:39 p.m. Columbus, GA  -  Chief Rickey Shores tells News Leader 9 all of the fire and EMS units are gased up and fully equipped for approaching weather issues. They are standing by.

1:25 p.m. Auburn, AL – Caller says lights are out near Tiger Town in Auburn.

1:23 p.m. Auburn, AL - Auburn Police Chief, Tommy Dawson, tells us there is tree damage on Green Street in Auburn at the Terrace Acres subdivision. That is near Moore's Mill Road and Auburn High School. 

1:04 p.m. Lee County, AL – News Leader 9's Elizabeth White hears warning sirens go off in Lee County.

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