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

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


The tornado touched down in Forsyth County at 6:57 PM EDT just west of a home on Bay Circle, uprooting at least 50 trees, several of which fell on and caused moderate damage to the structure. An adjacent home also suffered damage from downed trees. Two vehicles were smashed from a large oak tree and pine trees that were knocked down. The tornado then continued across an inlet of Lake Lanier, destroying three boats and two boat docks. The boat docks were tossed up on the land, overturned, and had moved at least 200 yards. Another home just beyond this suffered minor damage with another 50 or so trees knocked down on adjacent land. This EF1 tornado had a path length of 1/2 mile and a width of 200 yards, with maximum wind speeds of 105 MPH.

Other photos...

Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...



In Forsyth County... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Trees downed by the tornado. ]
Trees downed by the tornado.
[ One of the cars damaged by falling trees. ]
One of the cars damaged by falling trees.
[ Damage to a boat and dock. ]
Damage to a boat and dock.
[ Damage to a boat. ]
Damage to a boat.

 

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