ROME (AP) -- At least seven people were injured in Georgia Thursday as powerful storms roared across the state, damaging homes, downing trees and zapping power, authorities said.
A survey team plans to visit Gordon County Friday afternoon to determine whether a tornado was responsible for damage to homes near Calhoun, said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
"We've received reports that we had some major structural damage reported in southern Gordon County with at least one home destroyed and several damaged," Garcia told The Associated Press.
One home was blown off its foundation and the family inside was tossed into the yard.
"The house started shaking and then we started moving, and I said, `here we go,"' Davison Sheriff told WSB-TV.
His pregnant wife, Ashley, said her husband clung to her and their 1-year-old son with a bear hug as they rolled through their yard.
"He definitely saved our lives, him and God, that's for sure," she told WSB. "It shows you that you are not guaranteed tomorrow."
In the northwest Georgia city of Rome, about 20 miles southwest of the Calhoun area, high winds tore the roof off a building at Shorter University, the Rome News-Tribune reported.
An employee of a Rome insurance business escaped serious injury when strong winds tossed debris onto her body, CBS Atlanta reported. Beams and girders were all that remained of the building Friday morning.
More than 19,000 customers lost electricity early Thursday evening, with about two-thirds of them in the Rome area, authorities said. By 7 a.m. Friday, more than 4,800 customers across the state were still without power, Georgia Power reported.