PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
507 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2011

...PRELIMINARY NWS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REPORT ON THE APRIL 27 AND
28TH TORNADO OUTBREAK...

...FIFTEEN TORNADOES CONFIRMED SO FAR IN NORTH AND CENTRAL
GEORGIA...

...FOURTEEN IN NWS PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA FORECAST AREA...
...EF4 TORNADO IN CATOOSA COUNTY...
...EF3 TORNADO IN MERIWETHER...SPALDING AND HENRY COUNTIES...
...EF3 TORNADO IN DADE AND WALKER COUNTIES...
...EF3 TORNADO IN PIKE...LAMAR...MONROE AND BUTTS COUNTIES...
...EF3 TORNADO IN BARTOW...CHEROKEE AND PICKENS COUNTIES...
...EF2 TORNADO IN POLK...FLOYD AND BARTOW COUNTIES...
...EF2 TORNADO IN TROUP COUNTY...
...EF2 TORNADO IN HARRIS...MERIWETHER AND UPSON COUNTIES...
...TWO EF1 TORNADOES IN DADE COUNTY...
...EF1 TORNADO IN TROUP...HEARD AND COWETA COUNTIES...
...EF1 TORNADO IN NEWTON...MORGAN AND GREENE COUNTIES...
...EF1 TORNADO IN PUTNAM AND HANCOCK COUNTIES...
...EF1 TORNADO IN WARREN COUNTY...

...ONE IN NWS GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG, SC FORECAST AREA WITHIN
NORTHEAST GEORGIA...
...EF3 TORNADO IN RABUN COUNTY (SEE CAEPNSGSP)...

SUMMARY INFORMATION FOR EACH TORNADO...SORTED BY EF RATING...FOLLOWS.

...EF4 TORNADO IN CATOOSA COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF4
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 175 MPH OCCURRED IN CATOOSA COUNTY. IT TOUCHED
DOWN APPROXIMATELY 815 PM EDT WEDNESDAY EVENING ALONG DAVIS RIDGE
ROAD...TRAVELING THROUGH RINGGOLD TO COHUTTA AND INTO TENNESSEE
AROUND 828 PM EDT. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 13 MILES WITH A WIDTH OF ONE
THIRD OF A MILE. SEVEN FATALITIES AND 30 INJURIES OCCURRED WITH THIS
TORNADO. 75 TO 100 HOMES WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE WORST DAMAGE
WAS LOCATED ON CHEROKEE VALLEY ROAD WHERE 12 HOMES WERE OBLITERATED.

...EF3 TORNADO IN MERIWETHER...SPALDING AND HENRY COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF3
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 140 MPH TOUCHED DOWN 6 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST
OF GAY IN MERIWETHER COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY 1203 AM EDT THURSDAY
MORNING. IT TRACKED ACROSS SPALDING COUNTY AND LIFTED 2 MILES SOUTH
OF HAMPTON IN HENRY COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY 1228 AM EDT. THE TORNADO
HAD A PATH LENGTH OF 20 MILES AND A WIDTH OF A HALF OF A MILE. TWO
FATALITIES OCCURRED IN THE SUNNY SIDE COMMUNITY WHEN A MOBILE HOME
PARK WAS DESTROYED.

...EF3 TORNADO IN DADE AND WALKER COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN
EF3 TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 150 MPH TRACKED ACROSS DADE COUNTY
WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE STATE LINE INTO DADE
COUNTY AROUND 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF TRENTON AT APPROXIMATELY 535 PM
EDT...AND LIFTED JUST WEST OF FORT OGLETHORPE IN WALKER COUNTY
AROUND 557 PM EDT. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 18 MILES AND WIDTH WAS SIX
TENTHS OF A MILE. NOTE THIS PATH LENGTH ONLY INCLUDES THE AREA
IN GEORGIA. THE TORNADO THOUGH DID TRACK INTO THE STATE FROM
ALABAMA. HOMES WERE DESTROYED...18 WITH MAJOR DAMAGE AND TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE DOWNED. THERE WERE 2 FATALITIES AND 12
INJURIES WITH THIS STORM.

...EF3 TORNADO IN PIKE...LAMAR...MONROE AND BUTTS COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF3
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 140 MPH CROSSED PIKE...LAMAR...MONROE AND
BUTTS COUNTIES EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT
APPROXIMATELY 1238 AM EDT THURSDAY MORNING ALONG HIGHWAY 19 ABOUT 4
MILES SOUTH OF MEANSVILLE IN SOUTH CENTRAL PIKE COUNTY. THREE HOUSES
WERE DESTROYED ALONG PIEDMONT ROAD ABOUT THREE MILES WEST OF
BARNESVILLE. TWO FATALITIES OCCURRED WHEN A HOUSE WAS DESTROYED
ALONG GROVE STREET IN LAMAR COUNTY. A CHEVRON GAS STATION AND A
CHURCH WERE DESTROYED IN BARNESVILLE. THREE TRACTOR TRAILERS WERE
BLOWN OFF THE ROAD NEAR I75 AT APPROXIMATELY 102 AM. 3 HOUSES WERE
DAMAGED...ONE OF WHICH WAS DESTROYED. THREE PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN
THE DAMAGED HOUSE. THE TORNADO LIFTED IN SOUTHEAST BUTTS COUNTY AT
APPROXIMATELY 115 AM. THE TORNADO HAD A PATH LENGTH OF APPROXIMATELY
30 MILES AND A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF SIX TENTHS OF A MILE.

...EF3 TORNADO IN BARTOW...CHEROKEE AND PICKENS COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM ALONG WITH CHEROKEE
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DETERMINED THAT AN EF3 TORNADO WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS OF 150 MPH TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 920 PM EDT WEDNESDAY
EVENING. IT TRACKED FROM 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF KINGSTON IN BARTOW
COUNTY...CROSSING NORTHWEST CHEROKEE COUNTY...AND LIFTED
APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES WEST OF JASPER IN PICKENS COUNTY NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF JERUSALEM CHURCH ROAD AND STATE HIGHWAY 53 AT
APPROXIMATELY 945 PM EDT. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 23 MILES AND WIDTH
WAS A HALF MILE. SEVERAL CHICKEN HOUSES WERE DESTROYED ALONG
INTERSTATE 75...SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED AND HUNDREDS OF
TREES WERE DOWNED IN BARTOW COUNTY. THE HARDEST HIT AREA IN BARTOW
COUNTY WAS AROUND 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF WHITE OFF OF CROWE SPRINGS
ROAD. AROUND 10 HOMES WERE DESTROYED WITH MANY OTHERS HAVING HEAVY
DAMAGE TO MINOR DAMAGE. THERE WERE AT LEAST 2 INJURIES. HUNDREDS
OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED IN CHEROKEE COUNTY. EXTENSIVE
DAMAGE WAS REPORTED ALONG HENDERSON MOUNTAIN ROAD  AND BRYANT ROAD
IN PICKENS COUNTY WHERE SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED. AT
LEAST 3 INJURIES WERE REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO...TWO IN BARTOW AND
ONE IN PICKENS.

...EF2 TORNADO IN POLK...FLOYD AND BARTOW COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF2
TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 125 MPH ENTERED GEORGIA FROM ALABAMA
AROUND 845 PM WEDNESDAY EVENING. IN GEORGIA...IT TRACKED FROM 6
MILES SOUTHWEST OF CAVE SPRING IN POLK COUNTY TO 4 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF KINGSTON IN BARTOW COUNTY WHERE IT LIFTED AROUND 911 PM. THE PATH
LENGTH WAS 26 MILES AND THE WIDTH WAS A HALF MILE. 10 CHICKEN
HOUSES WERE DESTROYED. MORE THAN 13 STRUCTURES WERE DESTROYED.

...EF2 TORNADO IN TROUP COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF2
TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 120 MPH DEVELOPED 5 MILES SOUTH OF
LAGRANGE AROUND 1120 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT. IT TRACKED FOR 7 MILES
BEFORE LIFTING AROUND 6 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF LAGRANGE AT 1130 PM.
THE PATH LENGTH WAS 7 MILES AND THE WIDTH WAS UP TO ONE QUARTER
MILE. AROUND 15 HOMES WERE DESTROYED AND AROUND 50 HOMES SUSTAINED
HEAVY TO MINOR DAMAGE ALONG ITS PATH. THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED WITH MANY POWERLINES DOWN. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR HIGHWAY 219 AND MURPHY ROAD ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH
OF THE CITY LIMITS OF LAGRANGE. ABOUT 12 HOMES WERE DESTROYED IN
THIS AREA. ONE HOME WAS PICKED UP AND THROWN 50 FEET AND ITS SUNROOM
WAS THROWN 300 YARDS. A WELL BUILT LOG CABIN ON A HILL TOP WAS BLOWN
OFF ITS FOUNDATION IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE TORNADO/S
MOVEMENT AND DESTROYED. THERE WERE AT LEAST 5 INJURIES IN THIS AREA
AS WELL.

...EF2 TORNADO IN HARRIS...MERIWETHER AND UPSON COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF2
TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 130 MPH DEVELOPED 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF
PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY AROUND 1150 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT. IT TRACKED FOR
24 MILES BEFORE LIFTING AROUND 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF THOMASTON ALONG
HIGHWAY 74 AT APPROXIMATELY 1225 AM THURSDAY MORNING. THE WIDTH
AVERAGED A HALF A MILE WIDE WITH ITS WIDEST POINT BEING CLOSE TO
THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE WIDE ALONG HIGHWAY 354...JUST NORTH OF PINE
MOUNTAIN VALLEY. THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED WITH
MANY POWERLINES DOWN. WHILE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS EXPERIENCED ALONG
MOST OF THE PATH WITH HOUSES DAMAGED AND BARNS DESTROYED...THE MOST
EXTENSIVE WAS LOCATED WITHIN FRANKLIN DELANO STATE PARK. WITHIN THE
PARK...IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 30 PERCENT OF THE 40 STRUCTURES LOCATED
IN A CAMPGROUND WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED INCLUDING A LARGE
ASSEMBLY SHELTER. DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE LIMITING ACCESS
WITHIN THE PARK...ASSESSMENTS FOR THE PRECISE NUMBER OF HOMES AND
CABINS AFFECTED ARE ONGOING.

...EF1 TORNADO IN DADE COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 100 MPH TRACKED ACROSS DADE COUNTY AROUND
840 AM. THE LENGTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 7 MILES AND IT HAD A WIDTH OF
50 YARDS. THERE WAS MINOR DAMAGE TO HOMES AND AN ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL.

...ANOTHER EF1 TORNADO IN DADE COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO WITH 110 MPH WINDS TRACKED ACROSS DADE COUNTY FROM NEAR
FOX MOUNTAIN TO RISING FAWN. THIS TORNADO TRACKED INTO THE STATE
FROM ALABAMA AROUND 750 PM. THE TORNADO WAS 100 YARDS WIDE AND THE
PATH LENGTH WAS 3 MILES LONG.

...EF1 TORNADO IN TROUP...HEARD AND COWETA COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 90 MPH DEVELOPED 3 MILES WEST OF
HILLCREST AROUND 1045 PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT. IT TRACKED FOR 17
MILES THROUGH SOUTHEAST HEARD COUNTY TO 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF
GRANTVILLE BEFORE LIFTING AT 1110 PM. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 17 MILES
AND THE MAXIMUM WIDTH WAS AROUND 100 YARDS. A HAULING TRAILER AND
HORSE TRAILER WERE THROWN AROUND 20 FEET AND ABOUT 5 HOMES WERE
DAMAGED IN SOUTHEAST HEARD COUNTY IN AND NEAR MILLER RD...ONE
HEAVILY DAMAGED AS IT LOST TWO EXTERIOR WALLS AND PART OF ITS ROOF.
AROUND A THOUSAND TREES WERE ESTIMATED TO BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED
ALONG ITS PATH. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

...EF1 TORNADO IN NEWTON...MORGAN AND GREENE COUNTIES...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 105 MPH OCCURRED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. IT
TOUCHED DOWN 1 MILE WEST OF NEWBORN IN NEWTON COUNTY AT
APPROXIMATELY 111 AM EDT THURSDAY MORNING AND LIFTED 6 MILES WEST OF
GREENSBORO IN GREENE COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY 138 AM EDT. IT HAD A
PATH LENGTH OF 25 MILES AND A WIDTH OF A HALF OF A MILE. A SHOPPING
CENTER IN MADISON HAD A TIN ROOF PEELED BACK. THOUSANDS OF TREES
WERE DOWNED. APPROXIMATELY 50 STRUCTURES SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM
DOWNED TREES. ONE TRAILER HAD PART OF THE BACK RIPPED OFF. TWO
TRAILERS SUSTAINED TREE DAMAGE. THREE OTHER TRAILERS THAT WERE NOT
TIED DOWN WERE FLIPPED.

...EF1 TORNADO IN PUTNAM AND HANCOCK COUNTIES...

THE PUTNAM AND HANCOCK EMERGENCY MANAGERS HAVE SURVEYED AND HELPED
CONFIRM AN EF1 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 90 MPH. THE TORNADO
DEVELOPED 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF EATONTON NEAR FLAT ROCK AROUND 250 AM
THURSDAY MORNING. IT TRACKED FOR 7 MILES INTO WEST HANCOCK COUNTY TO
8 MILES WEST TO NORTHWEST OF DEVEREUX LIFTING AROUND 305 AM. THE
PATH LENGTH WAS 7 MILES AND THE WIDTH WAS AROUND 200 YARDS. THE ROOF
OF AN OUTBUILDING WAS LIFTED OFF AND 4 HOMES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED BY FALLING TREES. OTHERWISE...NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED
OR UPROOTED ALONG ITS PATH WITH SEVERAL POWERLINES DOWN.

...EF1 TORNADO IN WARREN COUNTY...

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM DETERMINED THAT AN EF1
TORNADO WITH WINDS OF 105 MPH TOUCHED DOWN 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
NORWOOD AT APPROXIMATELY 339 AM EDT THURSDAY MORNING AND LIFTED 1
MILE NORTHEAST OF CAMAK IN WARREN COUNTY AT APPROXIMATELY 351 AM
EDT. IT HAD A PATH LENGTH OF 8 MILES AND A WIDTH OF A QUARTER OF A
MILE. EIGHT STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED DUE TO FALLEN TREES AND HUNDREDS
OF TREES WERE DOWNED.


NOTE: THIS REPORT IS PRELIMINARY AND MORE COMPLETE INFORMATION WILL
BE UPDATED AS NEW INFORMATION COMES IN. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO
PROCESS IT ALL COMPLETELY. ADDITIONAL SURVEYS MAY STILL BE REQUIRED.

OUR THOUGHTS AND CONDOLENCES GO TO THE RELATIVES OF VICTIMS AND
THOSE AFFECTED BY THESE STORMS. WE ALSO WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR
STATE`S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT STAFF FOR ALL THEIR TIMELY REPORTS AND
ASSISTANCE WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEYS. THANKS FOR KEEPING GEORGIA
RESIDENTS SAFE AND SOUND.



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