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Tornado and Wind Damage in Central Georgia - Photos
February 17, 2008

Bibb and Jones counties

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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 supercell thunderstorm. This was surveyed by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.

In Bibb County... From around 645 pm to 655 pm EST...a strong supercell thunderstorm producing 80 to 90 mph winds tracked across northern Bibb County from just north of Lizella to near Arkwright. The damage path began around 4 miles northeast of Lizella and continued into the Arkwright area. Along this path the supercell produced 80 to 90 mph straight line winds that snapped and downed numerous pine and oak trees and caused roof damage to several homes and office buildings. A large portion of the damage was concentrated along Arkwright Road. No injuries were reported.

In Jones County... From around 700 pm EST...the supercell thunderstorm pushed into west central Jones County, about 1 miles east-southeast of Arkwright, where 90 mph straight line winds did substantial roof and window damage to a home in River North Subdivision...minor damage to others, and downed numerous trees along a 3 mile path into central Jones County. The damage path was about 100 yards wide. No injuries were reported.

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Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey ( click images to enlarge )
[ Bibb County office building hit by large tree. ]
Bibb County office building hit by large tree.
[ Many trees sheared off in this area of Bibb County. ]
Many trees sheared off in this area of Bibb County.
 [ Tree and roof damage at this Jones County homesite. ]
Tree and roof damage at this Jones County homesite.
[ Tree and roof damage at this Jones County homesite. ]
Tree and roof damage at this Jones County homesite.
[ Roof damage and window blown out - Jones Cnty. ]
Roof damage and window blown out - Jones Cnty.
[ Blown out window. ]
Blown out window.

 

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