Tornado in Madison County Georgia
May 6, 2003

by Gary Beeley and Vince DiCarlo

Storm damage that occurred in Madison County, Georgia on May 6, 2003 was surveyed by Vince DiCarlo, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the Weather Forecast Office in Greenville Spartanburg, South Carolina. [ map of Georgia highlighting location of Madison County ] Based on this survey, and after conferring with the Madison County Emergency Management Director, it was determined that damage was the result of a tornado.

The tornado touched down in the Harrison community in northeast Madison county around 212 pm EDT, and continued east-southeast into Elbert County. The damage path length in Madison County was estimated to be about 3 miles, and the width from 100 to 200 yards. The strength was categorized as "F1" on the Fujita Scale with winds estimated between 75 and 100 mph.

About 20 home reportedly sustained damage and 2 mobile homes were destroyed. Two chicken houses and other outbuildings were demolished. Two vehicles were overturned. Many large trees were either uprooted or snapped off along the path.

Map depicting damage area is below.

Maps courtesy Georgia Department of Community Affairs


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