April 19, 2009
page updated April 21, 2009
2 confirmed tornadoes in North & Central Georgia...
An upper level disturbance moved across the southern Ohio and northern Tennessee Valley during the evening Sunday, April 19, 2009, The cold front associated with this disturbance pushed through Georgia during the late evening and overnight hours. Ahead of this front - warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico spread northward during the afternoon and evening hours; afternoon temperatures climbed into the mid upper 70s. Southerly winds at the surface and strong westerly winds aloft combined in this unstable airmass to produce several supercell thunderstorms which moved across portions of north central Georgia during the late evening and overnight hours Sunday night and Monday (April 20th) morning. Surveys conducted by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, confirmed that 2 tornadoes occurred across north and central Georgia. So far, no fatalities have been reported with these storms, although 2 injuries were reported in Cherokee county.
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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