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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 images below show some of the damage caused by the Central Georgia tornado. This was surveyed by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.
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 - all in Crawford County.
In Crawford County... Around 620 pm EST...an EF1 tornado touched down about 5 miles southwest of Roberta near Walker Chapel Road and tracked northeast, crossing Highway 341 just north of Roberta and lifting somewhere near Salem Church Road about 4 miles northeast of Roberta. The damage path in the county was about 8 miles long and 250 yards wide at various points. Along the path, the tornado destroyed 9 structures and damaged 3 others - most of which were manufactured homes. There were 6 injuries, two of which were critical, all in the area of Felton Road.