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Newborn cleaned up; festival on today
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Update: Cleanup efforts following the tornado that ripped through Newborn are going well thanks to efforts from numerous county and state agencies, and Saturday's Horneyhead Fish Head Festival is still on.

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan said power has been restored to most of the town and all of the roads have been cleared. Crews from the fire department, county public works, emergency management agency, Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Power were all participating in the cleanup.

"We had more cooperation there then I've ever seen on a job," Sheridan said. "It's been amazing how they've all come in and nobody has complained, they've just worked together and fixed this."

About 200 trees were knocked down, including some very large oaks, and about eight to 10 houses sustained significant damage when trees limbs crashed into roofs, walls and porches.

Comcast is also out restoring cable and internet service.

Previous: The storm that downed trees and wreaked havoc around Newborn early Thursday was a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

A weather survey team ranked it as an EF1 tornado, with wind of 105 mph. The storm touched down about 1:11 a.m. a mile west of Newborn, and was on the ground some 25 miles before ending six miles west of Greensboro about 1:38 a.m.. The tornado was a half-mile wide. Their survey of Georgia's storms can be seen here.

 Learn more about the Fujita scale here.

The Weather Service reported that the storm downed thousands of trees and damaged 50 structures.