Updated: Tornado with winds of 85 mph caused the damage near Gordon/Bartow County line on Thursday. Path was around two miles; no injuries reported.

Updated: Tornado with winds of 85 mph caused the damage near Gordon/Bartow County line on Thursday. Path was around two miles; no injuries reported.

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Video clip from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office via WSB TV.

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From the National Weather Weather: An EF-0 tornado touched down along the Bartow/Gordon County line and moved east-northeast on Thursday. The worst damage occurred on East Plainview Road SE where the roff was ripped off a manufactured home. Ten to 12 other large trees were uproot. The tornado downed a few small trees on Shope Lake Road before lifting. The tornado was on the ground for around two minutes, traveled  2.1 miles and was 200 yards wide. The full report follows:

GORDON COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             FEB 6 2020
START TIME:             528 AM EST
START LOCATION:         4.3 MILES NE OF ADAIRSVILLE
START LAT/LON:          34.3951 / -84.8631

END DATE:               FEB 6 2020
END TIME:               530 AM EST
END LOCATION:           7.7 MILES WSW OF FAIRMONT
END LAT/LON:            34.4050 / -84.8256

SURVEY SUMMARY: 
DURING THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OF FEBRUARY 6TH, WITHIN A FAST-MOVING
LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, A BRIEF TORNADO TOUCHED
DOWN ALONG THE BARTOW/GORDON COUNTY LINE IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA. THE
WORST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO A SMALL AREA ALONG EAST
PLAINVIEW ROAD SE WHERE 10-12 LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED AND A
MANUFACTURED HOME HAD ITS ENTIRE ROOF RIPPED OFF AND WAS SLIGHTLY
MOVED OFF ITS FOUNDATION. TREES AND DEBRIS WERE THROWN TO THE
NORTH, NEARLY PERPENDICULAR TO THE EAST-NORTHEAST STORM MOVEMENT.
HOMES ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS LOCATION SUSTAINED SOME ROOF DAMAGE
AS WELL, BUT NO SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST, HITTING ANOTHER HOME AND LIFTING
AND DAMAGING PART OF ITS FRONT DECK. A FEW SMALL TREES WERE
SNAPPED ALONG SHOPE LAKE ROAD SE. THE TORNADO DISSIPATED JUST EAST
OF THIS POINT.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

Media release: The Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon County Fire Department, Gordon County Emergency Management and Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials met with National Weather Service today to tour the storm damage that occurred the prior day in the East Plainview Road area. According to the survey that was conducted, it was determined by the National Weather Service that the damage was caused by a tornado. Information was gathered and an official report will be released at a later time once the length of the path and the strength of the winds and tornado are determined.

Damage was down to several residences, outside structures, carport and a chicken coop.

A detailed report is due later this afternoon from the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office.

Image courtesy of WSB.

 


PREVIOUSLY

Media release: At approximately 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Gordon County E 911 was notified that south-central Gordon County near East Plainview Road was impacted by a storm system which caused damage to structures and toppled multiple trees due to high winds. Emergency responders from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon County Fire Department, Gordon County Emergency Management, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and Gordon County Public Works responded to and remain on the scene in the area continuing to assess damages.

Electrical crews are on scene as well to begin the process of returning power to the area.

Currently, we have located eight homes and six structures with damage; however, damage assessment continues. There were, thankfully, no reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service has been contacted to complete an investigation of the affected area to determine the cause of the damage. It is anticipated the National Weather Service will arrive in Gordon County within the next couple of days to complete this assessment.

Red Cross has been notified and is available to assist anyone who has been affected by the storms. Anyone who needs to report damage or experiencing an emergency should contact Gordon County E911 for assistance.

 

 

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