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A strong upper level disturbance and cold front moved through the Southeast late Wednesday night, February 18, 2009. Ahead of this front, a very warm and moist airmass was in place across Georgia, with temperatures rising into the upper 60s and lower 70s across most of the state. Strong southerly winds at the surface and strong westerly winds aloft combined with this unstable airmass to produce an outbreak of supercell thunderstorms beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through early Thursday morning. Surveys conducted by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, as well as by the Forecast Office in Columbia, SC, and county Emergency Management officials confirmed that at least 10 tornadoes occurred across north and central Georgia. The images below show some of the damage caused by the Meriwether, Coweta and Spalding Counties tornado. This was surveyed by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.
The tornado that hit Meriwether, Coweta and Spalding counties touched down around 8:30 pm near the Meriwether and Coweta County line and continued on the ground for 20 miles. This EF2 tornado caused no fatalities along its path.
In Meriwether, Coweta and Spalding Counties...