SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) _ A tornado touched down in southwestern Georgia before dawn Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring at least 12.

Two people were killed near Bridgeboro, a rural community in the southern Worth County, said Michelle McMickin, the county's deputy director of emergency management.

Another person near Sale City, about 10 miles east of Camilla, was also killed, according to reports from WALB-TV in Albany. The three victims lived in mobile homes.

Two injured people were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, and more are expected, hospital officials said. Ten injured people were taken to a hospital in Mitchell County.

Officials from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies were headed to the area to investigate the damage.

There also appeared to be a 300- to 400-foot swath of tornado damage south of Camilla, where trees had been knocked down and homes destroyed.

This is the same area where a tornado struck on Valentine's Day 2000, killing 11 people in Camilla. That was one of three deadly twisters that ripped through southwest Georgia before dawn, killing a total of 20 people.