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Severe Thunderstorms in Georgia
February 17, 2008

Report issued February 22, 2008
at least 2 confirmed tornadoes in North & Central Georgia...

A strong upper level disturbance, a warm moist air mass and strong southerly winds near the surface combined to produce several strong "supercell" thunderstorms Sunday evening February 17, 2008. These storms caused damage that was focused in two areas - one in northern Georgia between Atlanta and the Alabama state line, and the other in Central Georgia from roughly Milledgeville and Macon southwest to the Alabama border south of Columbus. The map below shows these two areas. Some of the damage was caused by straight line winds, but surveys by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, and by county Emergency Management officials confirmed that at least two tornadoes occurred. One hit Carroll County about 3 miles southwest of Lowell. This EF1 tornado was on the ground for about 4 miles. There were no injuries reported.

The tornado that hit many counties in Central Georgia actually first touched down in Alabama and skipped along a very long path that continued past the state line to the Butler, Roberta, Macon area of Central Georgia. This EF1 tornado did cause injuries to at least 6 people.

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Below is a map of the counties known to be hit by tornadoes, as well as counties reporting straight line wind damage.

map showing those counties hit by severe thunderstorms on February 17, 2008


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