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Tornadoes in North & Central Georgia - Photos
April 10, 2009

Hancock County

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A strong upper level disturbance moved across the Ohio Valley on Friday, April 10, 2009, sweeping a cold front through Georgia late in the evening. Ahead of this front, a very warm and moist airmass was in place across the state, with temperatures rising into the mid and upper 70s. Strong southerly winds at the surface and strong westerly winds aloft combined with this unstable airmass to produce an outbreak of supercell thunderstorms beginning Friday afternoon across north Georgia, and spreading south and east across the state during the evening and into the early hours Saturday morning. Surveys conducted by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, and county Emergency Management officials confirmed that at least 14 tornadoes occurred across north and central Georgia, Friday evening So far, no fatalities have been reported with these storms, and one serious injury was reported in Hancock County.

The images below show some of the damage caused by the Hancock County tornadoes. The Hancock County areas were surveyed by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.


There were three tornadoes that touched down in Hancock county. The first one touched down at 1019 PM. EDT just northwest of Sparta. One mobile home lost shingles, siding, and windows. This EF0 tornado had a path length of 1.5 miles and a width of 100 yards with a maximum wind speed of 80 MPH. The second tornado touched down at 1023 PM EDT just north of Sparta. Numerous large trees down along the path of the tornado in a rural areas. This EF0 tornado had a path length of 1.1 miles and a width of 100 yards with a maximum wind speed of 80 MPH. The third tornado touched down at 1028 PM EDT about halfway between Sparta and Culverton in eastern Hancock county. One 4000 sq. Ft. Two-story site built home completely destroyed with damage debris strewn across up to 400 ft. One mobile home also leveled, with minor damage to two other homes. A large swath of pecan trees in an orchard was flattened. This EF3 tornado had a path length of 6.25 miles, a width of one-half mile with a maximum wind speed of 160 MPH and caused 1 injury along its path.

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Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...

 


In Hancock County... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Damage to a mobile home. ]
Damage to a mobile home.
[ Trees down. ]
Trees down.
[ Roof off a building. ]
Roof off a building.
[ Roof off a building. ]
Roof off a building.
[ Trees down. ]
Trees down.
[ Mobile home destroyed. ]
Mobile home destroyed.

 

 

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