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500 without power in West Georgia, hundreds in East Alabama

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Tornadoes ripped through Mobile, AL, on Christmas Day. (Source: WALA/CNN) Tornadoes ripped through Mobile, AL, on Christmas Day. (Source: WALA/CNN)
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Strong storms that swept across the nation unleashed damaging tornadoes in Alabama and knocked out power to thousands in both Alabama and Georgia.  

In Columbus, Georgia Power said that currently about 60 customers were without power, but at one point 3,000 were affected. The line of thunderstorms passed over the city with no widespread damage or injuries reported.

In West Georgia, 235 people are without power, but at its peak about 4,200 were knocked off the grid.  Across the state, outages affected 5,400 customers.

Power officials say the wind was the main contributor and they are concern that more outages could happen. They say if the rain and wind continues as predicted Wednesday, more trees could fall on power lines and create more outages.  

Currently in East Alabama, a few hundred residents are still without power. At one point, 2,000 customers in East Alabama were without power. A total of 47,500 customers were affected state-wide. At the storm's peak, about 30,000 customers were knocked off the grid - as of 6:00 a.m. 30,000 customers across the state had their power back.

The highest concentration of power loss is Mobile, AL where tornados ripped through the area's midtown and downtown sections.  About 7,300 customers are still without power, 5,000 of those are in the city's downtown area.  Alabama Power says wind was the main cause of the power outages – causing trees to fall on power lines and breaking power poles.  

This same storm system dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection.  

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