PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
400 PM EST MON MAR 12 2007

...PRELIMINARY DAMAGE REPORT FOR 1 MARCH 2007 TORNADO OUTBREAK...

AT LEAST 14 TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN CENTRAL GEORGIA ON 1 MARCH
2007. THREE FATALITIES WERE REPORTED IN THE COUNTY WARNING AREA OF
THE PEACHTREE CITY WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE. PRELIMINARY DAMAGE
SURVEYS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED BY SIX NWS TEAMS FROM PEACHTREE CITY.
THE PRELIMINARY REPORTS FOLLOW:

TORNADO 1...
IN STEWART COUNTY...BEGAN ON SOUTHWEST SIDE OF RICHLAND AND ENDED 1
MILE NORTHEAST OF RICHLAND. RATED EF1. PATH LENGTH APPROXIMATELY
1.5 MILES AND MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 250 YARDS. HEAVIEST DAMAGE IN THE
CITY OF RICHLAND WITH AROUND 50 HOMES AND BUSINESSES AFFECTED. AN
EXTERIOR BRICK WALL OF A STORE COLLAPSED AT THE CORNER OF BROAD AND
HARRIS STREETS. THE BUILDING WAS DECLARED UNSAFE AND DEMOLISHED.
HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH BUILT IN 1838 AT THE INTERSECTION
OF HARMONY AND PONDER STREETS WAS DESTROYED. ONLY TWO WALLS WERE
LEFT STANDING. A TRACTOR TRAILER AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS
520 AND 280 WAS LIFTED AND DROPPED CAUSING THE TRAILER TO COLLAPSE
IN THE CENTER.

TORNADO 2...
IN TAYLOR COUNTY...FROM 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF POTTERVILLE TO 2 MILES
EAST OF REYNOLDS. RATED EF2. LENGTH APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES AND
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF A QUARTER MILE. HEAVIEST DAMAGE WAS SOUTHWEST OF
POTTERVILLE WHERE AT LEAST TWO MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED...AND
NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONE DEATH AND FOUR INJURIES
OCCURRED WITH THIS STORM.

TORNADO 3...
IN CRAWFORD COUNTY AND INTO BIBB COUNTY...BEGAN ABOUT 4 MILES EAST
OF KNOXVILLE AND ENDED ABOUT 1 MILE EAST SOUTHEAST OF LIZELLA.
RATED EF3. LENGTH APPROXIMATELY 8.5 MILES AND MAXIMUM WIDTH OF A
QUARTER MILE. HEAVIEST DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG SANDY POINT ROAD WHERE
SEVERAL HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED...AND
NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. THERE WERE NINE INJURIES.

TORNADO 4...
IN MUSCOGEE COUNTY...IN THE NORTH COLUMBUS METRO AREA. BEGAN NEAR
GREEN ISLAND HILLS ON LAKE OLIVER AND ENDED 3 MILES WEST OF
MIDLAND. RATED EF2. PATH LENGTH 7 MILES AND MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 300
YARDS. HEAVIEST DAMAGE IN THE 6200 BLOCK OF BROOKSTONE BLVD JUST
NORTH OF U.S. 80 IN NORTHWEST PART OF COLUMBUS.

TORNADO 5...UPDATED
TRACKED ACROSS WEBSTER...SUMTER...AND MACON COUNTIES...FROM
CHAMBLISS TO ABOUT 17 MILES NORTHEAST OF AMERICUS. RATED EF3. PATH
LENGTH APPROXIMATELY 38 MILES AND MAXIMUM WIDTH OF ONE MILE IN
AMERICUS. HEAVIEST DAMAGE WAS IN THE CITY OF AMERICUS AROUND THE
SUMTER REGIONAL HOSPITAL. THE HOSPITAL WAS EVACUATED AND IS NOT
BEING USED. HUNDREDS OF HOMES...BUSINESSES AND VEHICLES WERE
AFFECTED WITH SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR TOTALLY DESTROYED. TWO CONFIRMED
DEATHS AND NUMEROUS INJURIES WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS STORM IN
AMERICUS. THREE INJURIES ALSO OCCURRED NORTHEAST OF CHAMBLISS ON
EAST CENTERPOINT ROAD WHEN A CONCRETE BLOCK HOUSE AND TWO MACHINE
SHOPS WERE TOTALLY DESTROYED. THE ROAD IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE HAD 25
FEET OF ASPHALT RIPPED OUT. FIVE COWS WERE KILLED IN THE SAME AREA.
A TRACTOR TRAILER WAS OVERTURNED AND BURNED AT THE INTERSECTION OF
HIGHWAY 520 AND TV TOWER ROAD IN SOUTH WEBSTER COUNTY. ONE PERSON
WAS INJURED. THE 1096 FOOT GEORGIA PUBLIC TELEVISION TOWER IN THE
SAME AREA WAS SNAPPED OFF WITH ONLY 150 FEET STILL STANDING.

TORNADO 6...
IN JONES COUNTY...FROM 3 MILES NORTHWEST OF GRISWOLDVILLE TO 2 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF JAMES. RATED EF1. PATH LENGTH 4.5 MILES AND MAXIMUM
WIDTH OF 150 YARDS. HEAVIEST DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG HIGHWAY 49.

TORNADO 7...
IN WARREN COUNTY...FROM 4 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF WARRENTON TO 6
MILES NORTHEAST OF THOMSON. RATED EF2. THE DAMAGE PATH TRACKED
ALONG HIGHWAY 12 INTO THOMSON...THEN HIGHWAY 105 TO INTERSTATE 20.
LENGTH 15 MILES AND MAXIMUM WIDTH ONE QUARTER MILE WIDE. THREE
INJURIES OCCURRED WITH THIS TORNADO.

TORNADO 8...
IN BIBB COUNTY FROM 6.5 MILES WEST OF PAYNE TO NEAR ZEBULON ROAD AND
INTERSTATE 475. RATED EF0. TORNADO WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ABOUT 3
MILES WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. DAMAGE WAS LIGHT AND
CONFINED TO BUSINESS SIGNS AND SOME MINOR ROOF DAMAGE IN LAKE
WILDWOOD SUBDIVISION.

TORNADO 9...
IN WILKINSON COUNTY...FROM 4.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NICKLESVILLE TO 9
MILES NORTHEAST OF NICKELSVILLE. RATED EF2. PATH LENGTH 13.5 MILES
AND MAXIMUM WIDTH OF A HALF MILE. MOST DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG STATE
HIGHWAY 112.

TORNADO 10...
IN CRAWFORD COUNTY...FROM 4.5 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF HORNS TO 5
MILES NORTHWEST OF BYRON. RATED EF1. INTERMITTENT DAMAGE ALONG A
LENGTH OF 12 MILES...WITH A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. NUMEROUS
TREES DOWN...SEVERAL OUT BUILDINGS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED...AND SOME
MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOUSES.

TORNADO 11...
IN BLECKLEY COUNTY...2 MILES NORTH OF CARY OR 10 MILES NORTH OF
COCHRAN ON EMERGENCY ROAD 266. RATED EF0 WITH A PATH 1/4 MILE WIDE
AND 1 MILE LONG. SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS DESTROYED...SEVERAL TREES
BLOWN DOWN... AND THREE HOMES WITH MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE AND PATIO
COVERS DESTROYED.

TORNADO 12...
IN TALBOT COUNTY...FROM 7.5 MILES WEST OF TALBOTTON TO 4 MILES
WEST-NORTHWEST OF TALBOTTON. RATED EF1 WITH A PATH LENGTH 4.5 MILES.
MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 100 YARDS. MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO HOMES. 1 MOBILE
HOME AND 4 OUTBUILDINGS DESTROYED. FEED STORE AND BARN DAMAGED
...OUTBUILDING DESTROYED...WRAPAROUND PORCH DESTROYED ON HOME ON
POWELL CHURCH ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES DOWNED.

TORNADO 13...
IN JONES COUNTY...A SECOND TORNADO OCCURRED IN THE COUNTY 3 MILES
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF HADDOCK. RATED EF0 WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 100
YARDS AND MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 50 YARDS. APPROXIMATELY 2 DOZEN TREES
WERE KNOCKED DOWN. NO STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED. THIS TORNADO WAS
SPAWNED FROM THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED TORNADO 6 IN THIS REPORT
BUT WAS SEPARATED BY SUFFICIENT PERIOD OF NO TORNADO DAMAGE TO BE
CLASSIFIED AS A SEPARATE TORNADO.

TORNADO 14...
IN MARION COUNTY...FROM 3 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF OAKLAND TO 5
MILES NORTHEAST OF OAKLAND. RATED EF1 WITH A PATH APPROXIMATELY 2
MILES LONG AND 100 YARDS WIDE. THE TORNADO NEARLY PARALLELED FORT
PERRY ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND A FEW UPROOTED. A BARN
WAS DESTROYED...AND ANOTHER HAD METAL SHEETING STRIPPED OFF THE
ROOF. A MOBILE HOME WAS SHIFTED OFF ITS FOUNDATION. SEVERAL FENCES
WERE DAMAGED AND A PORCH LOST ITS ROOF.

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