More severe weather rolling in
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This home on Grassdale Road across from Shopwise Hardware had two trees fall on it Wednesday morning, putting a hole in the roof. The residents inside were unharmed. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
This home on Grassdale Road across from Shopwise Hardware had two trees fall on it Wednesday morning, putting a hole in the roof. The residents inside were unharmed. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Bartow County residents are bracing for a second -- and potentially hazardous -- round of storms this evening.

A line of storms that moved through the area early Wednesday morning was just a precursor to the round expected to sweep through this evening. The National Weather Service at 3 p.m. had issued only a hazardous weather outlook, with thunderstorms and tornadoes likely this afternoon and tonight for most of North Georgia.

Wednesday morning's weather knocked down trees and power lines, mostly in portion north of Cartersville.

Bartow County Fire Department Sgt. Tim Patterson said the agency had responded to calls in Adairsville, White and Cartersville. A tree fell on power lines in Adairsville and downed lines created "a mess" off Richards Road in White.

In Cartersville, several trees feel on a house off Grassdale Road. No one was injured, but the residents have been removed from the home pending the incoming storms, Patterson said.

Cartersville Fire Department reported no activity from this morning's thunderstorms.

Ahead of the potential storms this evening, county schools were taking precautions.

Associate Superintendent for Bartow County Schools Ben Desper said all afterschool activities for grades six through 12 have been canceled.

Desper said the cancellation does not apply to the afterschool program at the elementary level, which will continue as scheduled.

Assistant Superintendent for Cartersville City Schools Ken Clouse said the school system will make a decision on after school activities this afternoon.

Multiple counties reported damage from possible tornadoes Wednesday morning -- and nearly 30,000 homes and businesses were without power -- after the powerful storms charged through the state. Authorities say there were no reports of injuries in Georgia, but at least one person was killed in Alabama.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency said five nursing home patients in Dade County werer moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., because of power outages. At least two school districts, Floyd and Dade counties, closed early for the day and students from a Dade County elementary and middle school damaged by the storms were sent home.

At Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, the storm knocked out the power, smashed a window and damaged the roof, said spokeswoman Lisa Brown. She said the hospital was running on generators but had not needed to reroute patients to other hospitals.

"We did get hit with some pretty strong winds," she said.

The storm system, which is moving ahead of a cold front, wreaked havoc across Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.

At least nine people died after thunderstorms downed trees, damaging homes and businesses across the South.

The deaths have occurred from Arkansas to Alabama. A flareup from the same system earlier this week had already killed 10 people in Arkansas and one in Mississippi. At least four people died in Mississippi on Wednesday.

The primary threats with the impending storm system will be tornadoes, large hail and gusty winds. The area remains under a wind advisory until 9 p.m. tonight.

Patterson said the BCFD will respond to any calls of downed trees, especially on power lines or on homes, throughout the night. He said the department is watching the weather, but it appeared "everything is going northwest of us."

CFD Lt. Mitchell Bagley said everything was "quiet and peaceful" in the city and fingers are crossed for this evening.

-- Information from The Associated Press was used in this article.