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

Chattahoochee 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 Chattahoochee County tornadoes. The Chattahoochee County areas were surveyed by meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.


There were two tornadoes that touched down in Chattahoochee county. The first one touched down at 9:46 PM EDT 2.5 miles south of Ochille. Damage started as a downburst which affect a 2 miles wide area, then the brief EF1 tornado spinup occurred. Combined damage from the downburst and tornado consisted of destruction of several buildings and sheds. Hundreds of trees were flattened along the path. The tornado had a path length of 4 miles and was 440 yards wide with maximum wind speeds of 100 MPH. The second tornado touched down at 10:00 PM EDT and was spawned by the same supercell as the first tornado. This tornado touched down approximately 2.5 miles east-northeast of Cussetta. This EF0 tornado damaged at least two homes, one church and several sheds along its path.

Other photos...

Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...



In Chattahoochee County... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Aerial view of tornado damage from 1st tornado. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage from 1st tornado.
[ Aerial view of tornado damage from 1st tornado. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage from 1st tornado.
[ Aerial view of tornado damage from 1st tornado. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage from 1st tornado.
[ Aerial view of tornado damage from 2nd tornado. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage from 2nd tornado.
[ Aerial view of tornado damage from 2nd tornado. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage from 2nd tornado.

 

 

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