Patricia Barnett, Elderly Alpharetta GA Woman, First Fatality of Violent Storms That Swept Over Metro Atlanta

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Patricia Barnett, 83, who seems to be the first fatality of the violent storms that swept across metro Atlanta Friday night. The body of Patricia Barnett was discovered in a creek in Alpharetta, Ga., Saturday, after police were called about a missing woman.

According to the AJC, George Gordon, a spokesman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, said, “the last contact the husband had with his wife is when she told her husband she was going to take shelter in a closet due to the weather.” Gordon said.

Police believe she may have climbed into a drain pipe out of fear. The storms were vicious and scary at the same time. Sirens were going off as the local weather coverage urged residents in North Fulton county to seek shelter in safe areas of their homes. Patricia Barnett is the only fatality reported as a result of the storms. Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.