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

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


The tornado touched down in Pickens County at 6:04 PM EDT near Georgia Highway 136 and Grandview Road just northeast of Jasper. damage was greatest along Old Grandview Road. Numerous 18 inch or less in diameter hardwood trees were uprooted or snapped along the path of the tornado. Many power lines were downed and several utility poles were snapped along the path of the tornado. This EF1 tornado had a path length of 4 miles and a width of 440 yards, with maximum wind speeds of 90 MPH.

Other photos...

Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...

 


In Pickens County... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Aerial view of tornado damage. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage.
[ Aerial view of tornado damage. ]
Aerial view of tornado damage.
[ A tree fell on a home. ]
A tree fell on a home.
[ Interior view of tree on a home. ]
Interior view of tree on a home.

 

 

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