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

Dooly 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 Sumter, Dooly and Wilcox County tornadoes. The Sumter, Dooly and Wilcox County areas were surveyed by both meteorologists from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City and Emergency management officials in these areas.


The first tornado touched down in far eastern Sumter county at 11:00 PM EDT about 3 miles east-southeast of Methvins, and traveled to the east-southeast across southern Dooly county into Wilcox County before lifting about 5 miles north of Seville. This EF1 tornado had a path length of 25 miles and a width of 250 yards, with maximum wind speeds of 110 MPH. Around a thousand trees were down along the path of this storm. Two homes suffered significant roof damage, one from a fallen tree. Several barns and out buildings were destroyed; several irrigation systems were rolled over and damage was also reported to two mobile homes and a small radio tower which was blown over. The second tornado occurred at 11:20 pm EDT, and was on the ground at the same time as the southern tornado. This EF0 tornado touched down approximately two miles north of Vienna and had a path length of 6 miles and width of 100 yards with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH. Spotty damage was observed along the path; a chicken house was destroyed, one home had minor roof damage, and a tin roof was peeled off a barn. 15 to 20 trees were uprooted or snapped along the path.

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Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...



In Dooly County... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Trees snapped by southern tornado. ]
Trees snapped by southern tornado.
[ Roof damage. ]
Roof damage.
[ Trees snapped. ]
Trees snapped.
[ Trees snapped. ]
Trees snapped.
[ Damage to chicken coop in northern Dooly county. ]
Damage to chicken coop in northern Dooly county.
[ Trees knocked down. ]
Trees knocked down.
[ Trees snapped aloft. ]
Trees snapped aloft.

 

 

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