Tornado Demolishes Georgia Chicken Farms

CARROLL COUNTY, GA - A confirmed tornado that struck Carroll County Monday afternoon left tens of thousands of chickens dead and several poultry farms leveled.

A farm owner who contracted with GoldKist was left in extremely critical condition after being struck in the head while checking on his birds.

"This is the hardest hit area of the state," said State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.

By daybreak Tuesday, the chicken carcasses dotted the razed earth of rural Carroll County, where a tornado flattened at least 30 chicken houses, according to Carroll fire Chief Gary Thomas.

At one family-run poultry farm, eight buildings that housed 240,000 chickens were flattened by the high winds. The owner of the family-run business left his wife and three children in the basement of his home about 4 p.m. Monday while he went to check on his flock. He was struck in the head by debris and airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

A relative of the victim called the farm a 100 percent loss.

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