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Killer Tornado Hits Northwest Georgia - Damage Photos
March 15, 2008

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Just one day after the City of Atlanta was hit by a deadly tornado, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes returned to Georgia. These storms dealt the state another heavy blow as two people lost their lives and others were injured. Hail and high winds struck at least 40 counties. Survey teams from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City confirmed 3 tornadoes - the worst being an EF3 killer that raked portions of Floyd, Polk and Bartow counties. Maximum winds with this storm were estimated as high as 150 mph.

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    Samples of Damage Seen During Survey ( click images to enlarge )
    [ Beginning point of the tornado in extreme northern
                Polk County.  EF1 damage. ]
    Beginning point of the tornado in extreme northern Polk County. EF1 damage.
    [ Home and several outbuildings destroyed in Polk
                County.  Note evidence of tornado path (lighter color soil) along the
                ground from lower right to upper left. ]
    Home and several outbuildings destroyed in Polk County. Note evidence of tornado path (lighter color soil) along the ground from lower right to upper left.
     [ What remains of a garage, two-story home and several
                outbuildings along Bon Loop Road in Polk County.  High EF3 damage, with
                one fatality and one serious injury. ]
    What remains of a garage, two-story home and several outbuildings along Bon Loop Road in Polk County. High EF3 damage, with one fatality and one serious injury.
    [ Debris from the Bon Loop Road home in Polk County. ]
    Debris from the Bon Loop Road home in Polk County.
    [ Extraordinary tree damage.  Note opposing direction
                of tree fall on either side of the tornado's centerline which moved from
                left to right. ]
    Extraordinary tree damage. Note opposing direction of tree fall on either side of the tornado's centerline which moved from left to right.
    [ More extensive tree damage with opposing tree-fall
                pattern. ]
    More extensive tree damage with opposing tree-fall pattern.
    [ Two homes and some outbuildings destroyed along Old
                Wax Road in Floyd County.  One fatality took place here. ]
    Two homes and some outbuildings destroyed along Old Wax Road in Floyd County. One fatality took place here.
    [ Remains of the home in which the fatality occurred.
                ]
    Remains of the home in which the fatality occurred.
    [ Chicken houses damaged in Floyd County.
                ]
    Chicken houses damaged in Floyd County.
    [ Several homes destroyed in Bartow County (foreground)
                approximately 3/4 mile south of a coal-burning power plant. ]
    Several homes destroyed in Bartow County (foreground) approximately 3/4 mile south of a coal-burning power plant.
    [ Close up of the homes destroyed along Old Stilesboro
                Road in Bartow County. ]
    Close up of the homes destroyed along Old Stilesboro Road in Bartow County.
    [ High-tension wire towers destroyed by tornado.  GA
                Power workers explained that the top of one tower was snapped off and
                thrown (along with its wires) onto two other lines, bringing those
                towers down, as well.  At least 20 towers were damaged or destroyed from
                this tornado. ]
    High-tension wire towers destroyed by tornado. GA Power workers explained that the top of one tower was snapped off and thrown (along with its wires) onto two other lines, bringing those towers down, as well. At least 20 towers were damaged or destroyed from this tornado.
    [ Close-up of fallen high-tension wire towers.
                ]
    Close-up of fallen high-tension wire towers.
    [ East end of industrial buildings in Bartow County along
                Old Alabama Road. ]
    East end of industrial buildings in Bartow County along Old Alabama Road.
    [ Home with roof and portion of second floor removed in
                Bartow County. ]
    Home with roof and portion of second floor removed in Bartow County.

     

     

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