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Tornadoes in North & Central Georgia - Photos
February 18, 2009

Newton County

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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 Newton County tornado, the pictures are courtesy of certified Storm Spotter Donna Reeves. This area was surveyed by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.

The tornado that hit Newton County touched down near Bostwick Road around 8:00 pm and continued on the ground for 3 miles. Damage was noted to 20-30 homes, mainly caused by trees falling. This EF1 tornado caused no injuries or fatalities.

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Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey ( click images to enlarge )
[ Structural damage. ]
Structural damage.
[ Roof damage. ]
Roof damage.
 [ Trees down on home. ]
Trees down on home.
[ Shingles ripped off home. ]
Shingles ripped off home.
[ Debris from tornado in yard. ]
Debris from tornado in yard.

 

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