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

Sumter and Crisp Counties

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


The first tornado touched down briefly in far eastern Sumter county before moving into Dooly county. This storm is detailed in the Dooly county storm page. The second tornado in Sumter county touched down at 11:40 PM EDT near the Experimental Station on highway 280, 1 mile northeast of Plains. This EF0 tornado had a path length of 1 mile and a width of 200 yards, with maximum wind speeds of 100 MPH, damage was spotty with numerous trees downed. The third tornado in Sumter county touched down within the Cobb Community in southeast Sumter County. The tornado was an EF1, and 200 yards wide at touchdown. The tornado crossed Lake Blackshear and diminished to an EF0 and 100 yards wide, but continued on a sporadic path to Hatley in far eastern Crisp County, just shy of the Wilcox County line. Within Sumter County, 45 homes were damaged and one was destroyed, within Crisp County 20 homes were damaged. The majority of of the damage to structures was a result of downed trees. At least 100 trees and a number of power lines were down along the path of the tornado through far southeastern Sumter and central Crisp County. This EF1 tornado had a path length of 23 miles and a width of 200 yards, with maximum wind speeds of 100 MPH.

Other photos...

Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...

 


In Sumter County... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Tornado damage northeast of Plains. ]
Tornado damage northeast of Plains.
[ Tornado damage northeast of Plains. ]
Tornado damage northeast of Plains.
[ Structural damage. ]
Structural damage.
[ Structural damage. ]
Structural damage.
[ Damage to a roof. ]
Damage to a roof.
[ Damage to a garage. ]
Damage to a garage.
[ Trees down on home. ]
Trees down on home.
[ Trees snapped aloft. ]
Trees snapped aloft.
[ Trees down. ]
Trees down.
[ Trees down on home. ]
Trees down on home.

 

 

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