12 PERISH AS TORNADO CUTS THROUGH NORTHEAST GEORGIA

Report on what happened
data updated 4 pm EST April 15, 1998

 

  • 12 fatalities...10 in Hall County...2 in White County.
  • All were occupants of a mobile home or motor vehicle.
  • More than 80 people treated at hospitals for injuries.
  • Damage to at least two schools...numerous homes, outbuildings, trees, and vehicles. Dollar amount in the millions.
  • Tornado strength rating is "F3".
  • Tornado touchdown around 630 AM March 20, 1998 about 2 miles south of Murrayville in Hall County...traveled 11 to 11.5 miles northeast and crossed into White County north of Clermont. Average width of damage path is 100 yards. Storm's forward speed was 45 mph.
  • First "killer" tornado to hit Georgia since May 2, 1997 (Walker County...1 fatality)
  • Deadliest tornado to hit Georgia since the 1994 "Palm Sunday" event (outbreak of several killer tornadoes with 18 fatalities across northern Georgia.

 


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