UPDATE: Heavy storms tore through Newton County Sunday, and a tornado touched down in the Rocky Plains area, but according to Newton County and Covington fire officials, there was no major damage reported.
“We did not have any major storm damage. We had a few areas that had debris blown around yards/roads, but no structural damage,” said Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien.
“We had a few fire alarms due to weather but nothing much,” said Covington Assistant Fire Marshal, Capt. Tony Smith.
A tornado touched down around 3 p.m. Sunday, and several rotations were spotted in the city of Covington and the Grosslake area. There was some hail, but it stayed small, according to the National Weather Service. The county was under a tornado warning until 3:45 p.m. and a hazardous weather warning until 4:45 p.m.
Although the storm brought reports of tree damage and hail, no serious injuries nor deaths were reported, according to the Associated Press.
Quarter-sized hail was reported in Newton, Troup and Wilkes counties.
A rotation was reportedly spotted in Covington on West Street Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., and tornado spottings in the Grosslake area. Also, a touchdown reported on Veal Road off Ga. Highway 212.