Damage Survey of Gordon County Severe Thunderstorm 3/31/98

by Patricia Hart and Jim Noffsinger

Straightline winds associated with a thunderstorm downburst moved across portions of Gordon County at around 11:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 1998. The path of damage was just under 4 miles long and 150 yards wide. location and path of damage
The damage originated just north of Georgia State Highway 53 near Fairmount, and moved north-northeast to just before the Pickens County line. Numerous trees were knocked down, as well as four brand-new, unused chicken houses located on East Damascus Road at point A. These chicken houses were valued at $500,000 to $600,000. About a mile further north, a mobile home, which was reportedly tied down, was ripped from its foundation and destroyed (point B). The three occupants sustained injuries. The most seriously injured had heard a roaring sound and climbed out of bed to investigate just before the trailer was destroyed. Wind speeds were estimated at 60 to 100 mph.

chicken houses destroyed
mobile home destroyed


Two occupants of this mobile home were seriously injured. In the state of Georgia, in the period from January 1994 to April 1, 1998... 36 people died in tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. All but 4 were in mobile homes or motor vehicles.

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