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American Red Cross offers second day of help to Fairburn-area tornado victims

The American Red Cross said it will be in the Chestnut Ridge neighborhood Thursday evening to continue aiding residents whose homes were heavily damaged by a tornado earlier this week.

The agency is available to families in need of help at a  shelter that is being offered at the Kingdom of God International Ministries, 4590 Welcome All Road, in College Park. 

A tornado that swept through the Fairburn-area community late Monday tore roofs off homes, blasted entire floors of windows out of their frames and ripped away the walls of several second floor bedrooms down to the studs. 

The twister was one of three that hit North Georgia -- the other two were in Haralson County -- as part of a line of storms that rolled through the southeast over the past few days.

No one was killed in the metro area or North Georgia as a result of the destructive weather, but a man in Haralson was hospitalized after a tree fell on his home in Buchanan. However, trees fell across the metro area from Cobb County to Henry County and thousands were without power. 

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A home heavily damaged by a tornado that swept through the Chestnut Ridge subdivision in Fairburn on Monday night. (LEON STAFFORD/AJC)

The Red Cross said it has assisted 23 families impacted by the twister in Chestnut Ridge as well as serving them 250 meals and offering hundreds of bottles of water. Much of that help has come over the past few days as residents go over the damage with insurance companies, emergency officials and construction crews. 

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