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