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Tornadoes in Central Georgia - Photos
March 1, 2007

Sumter County

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On Thursday, March 1, 2007 severe thunderstorms moved across Central Georgia, producing several tornadoes that resulted in significant damage in several counties. At least two tornadoes caused fatalities (Taylor and Sumter Counties), while others caused injuries. According to survey teams from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia, the tornadoes ranged in intensity from EF0 to EF3.

In Sumter County... The tornado tracked across Webster...Sumter...and Macon counties...from Chambliss to about 17 miles northeast of Americus. The intensity rated was EF3. Path length approximately 38 miles and maximum width of one mile in Americus. Heaviest damage was in the city of Americus around the Sumter Regional Hospital. The hospital was evacuated and is not being used. Hundreds of homes...businesses and vehicles were affected with significant damage or totally destroyed. Two confirmed deaths and numerous injuries were associated with this storm in Americus. Three injuries also occurred northeast of Chambliss on East Centerpoint Road when a concrete block house and two machine shops were totally destroyed. The road in front of the house had 25 feet of asphalt ripped out. Five cows were killed in the same area. A tractor trailer was overturned and burned at the intersection of highway 520 and TV Tower Road in south Webster County. The 1600 foot Georgia Public Television tower in the same area was snapped off with only 150 feet still standing.

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Samples of Tornado Damage Seen During NWS Survey ( click images to enlarge )
[ the hospital parking lot ]
The hospital parking lot.
[ commercial building ]
Commercial building.
[ commercial building ]
commercial building
[ commercial building ]
commercial building
[ severely damaged structure ]
severely damaged structure
[ commercial building ]
commercial building
[ commercial building  ]
commercial building .
[ homes severely damaged ]
homes severely damaged
[ house near where 2 fatalities occurred ]
House near where 2 fatalities occurred.
[ commercial building ]
commercial building
[ commercial building ]
commercial building
[ commercial building ]
commercial building
[ commercial building demolished ]
commercial building demolished.
[ Damage to trees in residential area ]
Damage to trees in residential area
[ Damage to food market ]
Damage to food market

 

 

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