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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US...
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY....
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THIS WEEK'S OUTBREAK OF VIOLENT STORMS IS NOW THE DEADLIEST IN NEARLY 80 YEARS.
THE MOST RECENT COUNT SHOWS 318 PEOPLE DIED.
THAT INCLUDES 228 IN ALABAMA... 34 IN TENNESSEE... 33 IN MISSISSIPPI...
15 IN GEORGIA... FIVE IN VIRGINIA... TWO IN LOUISIANA AND ONE IN KENTUCKY.
THAT'S THE HIGHEST DEATH TOLL SINCE 1932 WHEN 332 PEOPLE WERE KILLED... ALL IN ALABAMA.
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO CALL THE RED CROSS PHONE BANK HERE IN OUR STUDIO AND PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE STORMS.
THE NUMBER TO DIAL... 478-752-1300.. ONCE AGAIN 752-1300.
PHONE LINES WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 6-30.

THE STORMS THAT WHIPPED THROUGH... LEFT THEIR MARK IN COUNTIES ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... ONE MAN'S HOME IN PUTNAM COUNTY IS BEYOND REPAIR... BUT HE STILL THINKS HE GOT OFF EASY.
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Nats, dragging canoe

FOR BILL RIDGEWAY... LIVING ON LAKE SINCLAIR MEANS BEING SURROUNDED BY NATURE.
BUT A LITTLE AFTER 3 O'CLOCK THURSDAY MORNING... SEVERAL 150-YEAR-OLD OAK TREES... CAME CRASHING DOWN.

Bill Ridgeway, Putnam County: "The snapping, the popping, the crashing, it's just something else."

MOST OF HIS HOME... HIS SAYS... IS GONE.

Bill Ridgeway, Putnam County: "This was the sunroom, and over the kitchen area right here."

RIDGEWAY SAYS HE WAS IN THE KITCHEN... NOW FILLED WITH TREE LIMBS AND DEBRIS... WHEN THE STORM ROLLED THROUGH.

Bill Ridgeway: "I was just hopin' the first crash was the only crash."

BUT IT WASN'T.

Bill Ridgeway: "I thought I'd never, you know, it's hard to even, you can't even find words for it."

BUT HE SAYS... HE ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.

Bill Ridgeway: "This right here is mild compare to the people in Alabama, I can't even imagine."

Nats, sawing tree limb

BERT BECTON LIVES NEXT DOOR... HE SAYS... HIS SCREENED IN FRONT PORCH... STOOD IN THE STORM'S PATH.

Bert Becton, South Carolina: "You can see, you know, the ragged edges where it got ripped off of the house and just pivoted down to the ground."

BUT EVEN AFTER SEEING THIS MESS IN HIS BACKYARD... HE SAYS THE CLEANUP EFFORT...

Nats, sawing

...DOESN'T COMPARE TO TUSCALOOSA'S DEVASTATION.

Bill Ridgeway: "Nothin' like Alabama. Not from what I've seen on tv. Nothin' like it."

WITH LITTLE OF HIS HOME LEFT STANDING... THE PUTNAM COUNTY RESIDENT SAYS... HE'S COUNTING HIS BLESSINGS.

Nats, carrying tree away

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> RIDGEWAY SAYS HE HOPES TO KNOCK DOWN THE HOME...AND REBUILD.

MOIRE CLEAN UP CONTINUES TODAY IN BARNESVILLE...WHERE AN E-F THREE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN EARLY THURSDAY.
VOLUNTEERS WITH THE GEORGIA STATE DEFENSE FORCE... ARE HELPING OUT.
THEY PLAN TO STAY UNTIL SUNDAY... CLEARING TREES... AND OFFERING SECURITY AROUND GROVE STREET.
PAUL AND ELLEN GUNTER DIED YESTERDAY DURING THE TWISTER... AND SEVERAL HOMES WERE DEMOLISHED.
THE SALVATION ARMY SAYS THEY'RE PROVIDING FOOD... AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS.
RON SMITH SAYS HE LOST HIS HOME OF 40 YEARS... BUT GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT.
Ron Smith, Barnesville
No words can express the appreciation, we've had so much help yesterday and there's offers from everyone in the community to come out and help us.
COMMANDER EDWARD HIGHTOWER SAYS THEY HOPE TO REOPEN GROVE STREET TO THE PUBLIC SOMETIME TODAY.
HE ALSO WANTS TO REMIND CENTRAL GEORGIANS WHO'LL BE OUTDOORS CLEANING UP STORM DAMAGE THIS WEEKEND....THAT IT'S SNAKE SEASON.

MUCH OF NORTH MONROE COUNTY IS STILL DARK AFTER THE STORM.
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS ABOUT 150 HOMES....ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER.
CANDACE ADORKA SHOWS YOU HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE COPING WITHOUT ELECTRICTY AND RUNNING WATER.<<
JERRY LEE'S HOME WAS IN THE PATH OF AN E-F-2 TORNADO.
"It's barely on the house but it did knock down the power lines..."
LEE HAD BEEN WIHOUT POWER FOR 18 HOURS WHEN HE BORROWED A FRIEND'S GENERATOR.
***nats generator***
IT'S ENOUGH TO POWER SMALL ELECTRONICS, BUT NOT AIR CONDITIONING... LIGHTS... OR THE WELL PUMP.
"Terrible, terrible! No toilet? that's the worst part,"
THE FRIDGE AND FREEZER ARE ALSO OUT....
***nats of bag***
SO HE'S TOSSING OUT ALL HIS PERISHABLE FOOD.
"about 120... 125 dollars all together"
HE SAYS ONE INCIDENT OF FOOD POISINING IN A LIFETIME IS ENOUGH...
"it was a long time ago but i remember it wasn't too fun... diarrhea, throwing up.... it wasn't fun."
Karen Ebey-Tessendorf, A CENTRAL GEORGIA PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL, SAYS THAT'S A GOOD PRACTICE... FOODS CAN GO UNREFRIGERATED FOR ONLY TWO HOURS... AND A FULL FREEZER CAN KEEP FOOD FOR ABOUT 2 DAYS WITHOUT POWER... IF IT STAYS CLOSED.
"however, if there's any doubt, if it doen't look right, it doesn't smell right, it needs to be thrown out."
SHE SAYS ANOTHER CONCERN IS GETTING HURT WHILE CLEANING UP OUTSIDE.... YOU COULD CATCH TETANUS IF YOU HAVN'T HAD A VACCINE IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.
"Tetanus bacteria is in the soil, it's in dust, it's in manure. If it get's into people's bodies, it can cause a very serious life-threatening illness."
LEE WON'T START HIS CLEAN UP UNTIL NEXT SATURDAY.... HE'S INVITED 12 OF HIS FRIENDS TO A "CLEAN UP PARTY"
LEE: "I'm up to date with my shots, but whether they're up to date... that's up to them. But they're coming to my party!"
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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PERRY SAYS CREWS ARE WORKING TO CLEAR ALL ROADS BY THE START OF NEXT WEEK.
HE SAYS THOSE TWO HUNDRED HOMES AFFECTED SHOULD HAVE POWER BY TOMORROW.

MACON HAS JOINED THE LIST OF CITIES THAT MAY VOTE THIS YEAR ON ALLOWING SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO CLAY MURPHEY.... SPOKESMAN FOR MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.
HE SAYS REICHERT PLANS TO ASK FOR A VOTE ON ALLOWNG RETAILERS TO SELL ALCOHOL ON SUNDAY.
THE MAYOR HOPES THE VOTE WILL BE IN NOVEMBER... WHEN MACON ELECTS A MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.
REICHERT IS TRAVELING TODAY...AND WASN'T AVAILABLE FOR FURTHER COMMENT.
YESTERDAY...GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED THE LAW ALLOWING COMMUNITIES TO VOTE ON THE ISSUE.
SEVERAL OTHER GEORGIA CITIES HAVE PLANNED VOTES THIS YEAR.

THE ROYAL WEDDING CAUSED A LOT OF EXCITEMENT AROUND THE WORLD TODAY... AND CENTRAL GEORGIA WAS NO EXCEPTION.
PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE BRITISH PANTRY IN CENTERVILLE THIS AFTERNOON TO CELEBRATE THE NUPTIALS OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND HER ROYAL HIGHNESS KATE.
SUPPORTERS OF THE FAMOUS COUPLE DRESSED THE PART AND ORDERED TEA AND CUCUMBER SANDWICHES WHILE WATCHING A REBROADCAST OF THE WEDDING.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM JOINED THE PARTY ON PLACE MATS THAT DECORATED TABLES IN THE SHOP.
TO SEE PICTURES OF THE NEWLYWEDS... CHECK OUT THE SLIDESHOW ON OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.

TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DID YOU WATCH THE ROYAL WEDDING?
SO FAR.... 55 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO AND 45 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.

IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE HEADED INTO SOME GREAT WEATHER THIS WEEKEND... SO YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO GET OUTDOORS.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
APPLEBEE'S AT 36-52 EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON... SCORED A 77... DROPPING A POINT FROM THE 78 THEY SCORED... LAST TIME. BOTH OF THOSE SCORES ARE C'S.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY LABELED... STORED AND USED.
AND HE SAYS... EMPLOYEES DID NOT REHEAT THE FOOD PROPERLY.
TAKI STEAK HOUSE AT 62-55 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED AN 80 PERCENT... A "B"... FOLLOWING AN 87 PERCENT... LAST TIME.
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR NOTED THAT FOOD SURFACES WERE NOT CLEANABLE BECAUSE OF POOR DESIGN.
HE ALSO NOTES WIPING CLOTHS WERE NOT PROPERLY USED AND STORED.
AND WAFFLE HOUSE AT 51-46 THOMASTON ROAD IN MACON... SCORED AN 82... A "B" COMING AFTER A PERFECT 100 PERCENT... ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... CONTAMINATION WAS NOT PREVENTED DURING FOOD PREPARATION AND DISPLAY.
THE REPORT ALSO SAYS PHYSICAL FACILITIES WERE NOT INSTALLED... MAINTAINED... AND CLEANED.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...
CHEN'S WOK SEVEN... AT 46-32 PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY IN MACON... SCORED A 96 PERCENT ON ITS LAST TWO INSPECTIONS... BOTH OF THOSE SCORES... ARE "A'S."
DAIRY QUEEN... ORANGE JULIUS... AT 36-61 EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON... WHIPPED UP A PERFECT 100 PERCENT... THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER 100... LAST TIME.
CINNABON ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON SERVED UP A PERFECT SCORE... AFTER GETTING A 96... AN "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE. JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?

FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES TAB... AND SCROLL DOWN TO RESTAURANT RATINGS.

WORKERS ARE BUSY MAKING LAST MINUTE PREPARATIONS FOR OPENING DAY OF THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR.
NATS :02
THE GATES OPEN AT NOON TOMORROW... ADMISSION IS FIVE DOLLARS... AND PARKING IS FREE.
THE FAIR IS A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION OPERATED BY THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MACON.
FIFTY PERCENT OF THE PROFIT GOES TO CHARITY... TWENTY FIVE PERCENT GOES TO THE CITY OF MACON... AND THE REST GOES TOWARDS NEXT YEAR'S FAIR.
THE STATE FAIR RUNS THROUGH MAY EIGHTH.
ALL THE FUN AND RIDES ARE SET UP AT CENTRAL CITY PARK IN MACON.

TONIGHT... THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE STILL DON'T HAVE POWER OR EVEN A PLACE TO LIVE IN ALABAMA.
EARLIER TODAY... PRESIDENT OBAMA TOURED THE DEVASTATION IN TUSCALOOSA.
A MASSIVE TORNADO CHURNED THROUGH EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH ON WEDNESDAY.
SUZANNE LAWLER AND VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN ARE IN ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS TONIGHT.
FRANK AND LEAH THIS IS CEDAR CREST ROAD... ITS WHERE A LOT OF UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STUDENTS LIVE.
THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS THAT LOOK JUST LIKE THIS ACROSS TOWN.
THE FOLKS IN ALABAMA ARE OUR NEIGHBORS AND WE FOUND PLENTY OF CENTRAL GEORGIA CONNECTIONS.
TONIGHT AT ELEVEN WE'LL BRING YOU THE STORY OF THE YOUNG MAN WHO LIVED IN THIS HOUSE.
HE'S OKAY... BUT HE SPENT ALL DAY LOOKING FOR HIS BEST FRIEND.
FRANK AND LEAH.
IF YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO DONATE TODAY... YOU CAN STILL PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE STORM BY GOING ONLINE TO THE RED CROSS WEBSITE.


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