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Winter storm turns deadly for 2 Georgians

City of Jackson and Butts County public works, fire and law enforcement crews were working to keep roads clear of ice and tree limbs Wednesday evening. This scraper is seen on Ga. Highway 36, just off the Jackson square. (Staff Photo: Michael Davis)

City of Jackson and Butts County public works, fire and law enforcement crews were working to keep roads clear of ice and tree limbs Wednesday evening. This scraper is seen on Ga. Highway 36, just off the Jackson square. (Staff Photo: Michael Davis)

At least two deaths in Georgia are being blamed on the winter storm that hit the state this week.

A 50-year-old Butts County man was found dead Wednesday from what authorities say may be hypothermia after being exposed to hours of frigid weather.

Butts County Coroner Ralph Wilson identified the man as Kenneth Mitchell of Jackson. He said Mitchell’s wife called 911 at 5:03 a.m. Wednesday to report finding her husband outside the couple’s home. Wilson said the wife told authorities she thought her husband had gone across the street to a neighbor’s home sometime earlier.

Wilson said the man was found outside near the porch of the couple’s home. He said Mitchell was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Wilson said authorities have indications the man may have been outside as long as five hours.

“We found no apparent injuries and it didn’t appear like he fell,” Wilson said.

According to several reports, in Whitfield County, a 63-year-old woman was found dead inside her home. The report said the unidentified woman did not have any heat, which is believed to have caused the death.