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

Glascock and Jefferson 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, 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 briefly touched down a quarter-mile southeast of Gibson at 10:56 PM EDT. This EF0 tornado had a path length of 1000 yards and a width of 150 yards, with maximum wind speeds of 110 MPH. Numerous pine trees were uprooted or snapped along the path of the tornado. The second tornado touched down around 4.5 miles east of Gibson in far eastern Glascock county at 12:02 am EDT, then continued on an almost due east track for 5 miles caross far northern Jefferson County, lifting 3 miles east-northeast of Stapleton. The most significant damage was to the Heartsgrove Baptist Church near U.S. Highway 80 and Georgia Highway 296. Part of the roof and brick siding, as well as the chimney were removed from the structured. Several granite headstones were tipped over in the adjacent cemetery. Numerous trees were aso down. This EF1 tornado had a path length of 5 miles and width of 200 yards with maximum sustained winds of 110 MPH.

Other photos...

Samples of Damage Seen During NWS Survey...



In Glascock and Jefferson Counties... ( click images to enlarge )
[ Damage to a pole barn. ]
Damage to a pole barn.
[ Damage to a home. ]
Damage to a home.
[ Roof damage to a church. ]
Roof damage to a church.
[ Damage to a pole barn. ]
Damage to a pole barn.
[ Structural damage. ]
Structural damage.

 

 

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