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Severe Thunderstorms in Georgia
February 18, 2009

Report finalized February 27, 2009

at least 10 confirmed tornadoes in North & Central Georgia...

A strong upper level disturbance and cold front moved through the Southeast late Wednesday night, February 18, 2009. Ahead of this front, a very warm and moist airmass was in place across Georgia, with temperatures rising into the upper 60s and lower 70s across most of the state. Strong southerly winds at the surface and strong westerly winds aloft combined with this unstable airmass to produce an outbreak of supercell thunderstorms beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through early Thursday morning. Surveys conducted by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, as well as by the Forecast Office in Columbia, SC, and county Emergency Management officials confirmed that at least 10 tornadoes occurred across north and central Georgia, mainly during Wednesday evening. There was one fatality and at least three injuries in Hancock County, and one injury occurred in Putnam County. In addition to the tornadoes, extremely large hail was reported across the state. Widespread reports of golfball to baseball sized hail were received, with some isolated larger reports. The map below shows the areas impacted by these storms.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City wishes to extend our appreciation to local EMA offices and to the National Weather Service Office in Columbia, SC, for their assistance in conducting these storm surveys. Our thoughts will be with all those whose lives were impacted by Wednesday night's storms.

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Map of Tornado Paths

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Below is a map of the counties known to be hit by the tornadoes, hail or straight line winds.

map showing those counties hit by severe thunderstorms on February 18, 2009


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