A Shorter University storage building that housed new furniture and computers was among the structures destroyed in a storm that hit Rome on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Dick Taylor, an assistant vice president with Shorter, said the damage to the building on John Davenport was serious. The roof was blown across the street.

Power outages and downed trees are being reported all around town, especially in the downtown and Shorter University areas.

The lights are out down much of Broad Street, at Martha Berry High way and the Rome Bypass, and in the Kingston Road area.

Georgia Power officials have said they are working to find the problem of the various power outages so that they may repair the problems.

Trees have also been reported down on Seventh Street near St. Mary’s Catholic School and 911 dispatches have indicated at least six homes have been damaged on South Hughes Street in Rome. A strong storm rolled through Rome on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Widespread power outages, have been reported in East Rome, West Rome and South Rome. Georgia Power has estimated that at least 8,000 customers are without electricity.

The front of the Fairbanks Company has been blown off and there is heavy damage elsewhere on Division Street, according to an eyewitness.

A car was overturned in the area of Division Street and John Davenport and a structure fire was reported Charlton Street.

Debris has been reported on John Davenport near the railroad overpass.

There are trees down in other areas, too.

Power is out in much of West Rome and traffic lights are not working of Alabama Highway.

Trees have been reported down on homes on Cherry Street and Norcross Way and another tree has hit power lines on South Broad Street, according to 911 dispatches.

Georgia Power reported that about 8,400 people are without power, most of them in the Rome city limits.

Floyd County is under a significant weather advisory until 5:30 p.m. because of the possibility of strong winds and storms passing through the area.

Rome and Northwest Georgia have been included in a tornado watch that has covered a majority of Alabama for most of the day.

The tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m.

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