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Severe Thunderstorms in Georgia
April 10, 2009

page finalized April 28, 2009

at least 14 confirmed tornadoes in North & Central Georgia...

A strong upper level disturbance moved across the Ohio Valley on Friday, April 10, 2009, sweeping a cold front through Georgia late in the evening. Ahead of this front, a very warm and moist airmass was in place across the state, with temperatures rising into the mid and upper 70s. Strong southerly winds at the surface and strong westerly winds aloft combined with this unstable airmass to produce an outbreak of supercell thunderstorms beginning Friday afternoon across north Georgia, and spreading south and east across the state during the evening and into the early hours Saturday morning. Surveys conducted by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, and county Emergency Management officials confirmed that at least 14 tornadoes occurred across north and central Georgia, Friday evening So far, no fatalities have been reported with these storms, and one serious injury was reported in Hancock County. In addition to the tornadoes, extremely large hail was reported across the state. Widespread reports of quarter to golfball sized hail were received, with some isolated larger reports.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City wishes to extend our appreciation to GEMA, the Georgia State Patrol, and to local EMA offices for their assistance in conducting storm surveys. Our thoughts will be with all those whose lives were impacted by these storms.

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map showing those counties hit by severe thunderstorms on April 10, 2009

 

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