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Tornadoes in Central Georgia - Photos
April 15, 2007

Laurens County

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In the predawn hours of Sunday April 15, 2007 severe thunderstorms moved across Central Georgia, producing damage across a number of counties - generally in a swath from Crisp County east to Emanuel County. Much of this damage was caused by several tornadoes. There have been reports that more than one person was injured during the event.

In Laurens County there were THREE tornadoes...

An EF2 tornado touched down at 1:45am EDT about 8.5 miles south-southwest of Dublin near the intersection of state highway 117 and U.S. 441/319 and continued northeast...lifting at 1:54am EDT about 5.5 miles south-southeast of Dublin. Total path length was 5 miles. Maximum path width was 200 yards. Maximum wind speed was 120 mph. A tied-down double-wide mobile home was completely destroyed resulting in two injuries. Another tied-down mobile home was destroyed with 2 adults and 2 children inside. All survived with with one minor injury. A home had its carport and part of its roof removed. Several other mobile homes and homes received damage from falling trees or wind. A large greenhouse was also destroyed.

Simultaneously, another tornado, rated EF0, hit southern Laurens County - touching down at 1:50am EDT 4 miles north-northeast of the community of Cedar Grove. The tornado traveled northeast, lifting 1.5 miles north-northeast of Lowery at 1:58am EDT. Total path length was 6.5 miles. Maximum wind speed was 80 mph. Numerous trees were downed along the mostly forested path. A few outbuildings were damaged near Morton Road and Rock Springs Road.

Another tornado, rated EF1, that eventually tracked into Johnson County first touched down in Laurens County at 2:05am EDT about 5 miles southeast of Dublin. The tornado tracked northeast and lifted around 2:24am about 5 miles southwest of Kite. Total path length was 19 miles. Maximum path width was 100 yards. Maximum wind speed was 100 mph. The tornado damaged or destroyed several outbuildings. Some homes received minor damage. A church 5 miles north of Scott received minor damage - including a family life center that was shifted slightly.

Photo pages...

Samples of Tornado Damage Seen During NWS Survey ( click images to enlarge )
[ debris of mobile home ]
debris of mobile home.
[ house lost roof ]
house lost roof
[ mobile home used to be in foreground ]
mobile home used to be in foreground.


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