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Breaking News

Georgia Hospital Spokesman Describes Injuries Caused by Deadly Overnight Storm

Aired February 14, 2000 - 7:36 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Right now, we're going to get back to the deadly storm in South Georgia.

We go to Rick Ivey, spokesman for Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, just south of Camilla.

Rick, what's the situation at your hospital? How many people are you -- are being treated there?

RICK IVEY, ARCHBOLD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: The situation right now, we're currently treating 38 patients that have been transferred from the tornado area.

LIN: What sorts of injuries are you seeing?

IVEY: All kinds. I mean, from walking-wounded, people still in surgery and a number in critical condition.

LIN: Have you had a chance to talk to any of these people to -- for them to tell you what happened to them?

IVEY: No, we've talked to the people in Camilla itself at the hospital, and apparently the tornado came through shortly after midnight, struck at least two areas in Mitchell County, and then moved into Grady County and apparently hit the Shiver (ph) community in Grady County, Georgia.

LIN: How difficult was it for your hospital to staff up very quickly to respond to some of these injuries?

IVEY: We are a regional trauma center here. We're about 30 minutes from Mitchell County, about 20 minutes from the Grady County strike. We're a regional trauma center so we immediately went into disaster operations and staffed up pretty quickly. So, I mean, we were prepared as people began coming in.

LIN: All right, Rick Ivey, spokesperson for Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, thanks for joining us. Good luck today with all the work ahead.

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