Updated: Second Bartow tornado confirmed; injured 5. Earlier tornado hit Taylorsville Thursday night. Cedartown saw 105-mph winds from a ‘down burst,’ leaving five miles of damage.

Updated: Second Bartow tornado confirmed; injured 5. Earlier tornado hit Taylorsville Thursday night. Cedartown saw 105-mph winds from a ‘down burst,’ leaving five miles of damage.

Updated: The National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office has released a detailed summary of last week’s storms, confirming an EF-1 tornado in southern Bartow County as well as a “downburst” in Cedartown with 105-mph winds. The details are below. Our quick summaries:

  • The Cartersville tornado: It was an EF-1 storm with 95-mph winds and was as wide as two football fields, 200 yards. Five people were injured by the storm. It struck at 11:55 p.m. near Cassville and traveled 2.85 miles before lifting at midnight.
  • The Taylorsville tornado packed winds of 95 mph and was on the ground for 1.68 miles with a maximum width of 125 (a football field, including the end zones and a few more feet). It hit near Taylorsville at 9:08 p.m. Thursday and caused minor damage.
  • The Cedartown ‘down burst:’ It hit around 12:32 p.m. a left a 5.5-mile trail of damage. Damaged buildings and scores of downed trees were recorded as well as heavy flooding.
  • Earlier reports: Story / Images
CARTERSVILLE TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.85 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               5

START DATE:             03/25/2021
START TIME:             11:55 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         2 SE CASSVILLE / BARTOW COUNTY / GA
START LAT/LON:          34.213 / -84.833

END DATE:               03/26/2021
END TIME:               12:00 AM EDT
END LOCATION:           3 E CASSVILLE / BARTOW COUNTY / GA
END LAT/LON:            34.2397 / -84.7971

SURVEY SUMMARY:
AN EF1 TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN IN CARTERSVILLE GA IN BARTOW
COUNTY ON THURSDAY MARCH 25, 2021.  THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED
DOWN AS IT CROSSED HWY 41 ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN UPROOTING A
FEW PINE TREES ONTO POWERLINES.  THE STORM TRACKED NE CROSSING
OAKRIDGE DR UPROOTING TREES ONTO AND NEXT TO HOMES IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD ALONG THAT STREET.  THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED TO ITS
MAXIMUM INTENSITY AS IT CROSSED ONTO GREENACRE LANE AND RIDGEDALE
RD WHERE NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ONTO AND AROUND
HOMES.  IN ADDITION, SEVERAL HOMES HAD SHINGLES OR PORTIONS OF
THEIR ROOF PEELED BACK.  THE STORM CONTINUED NE CROSSING GRASSDALE RD
AND ALONG OLD GRASSDALE ROAD WHERE A GAS STATION'S WINDOWS AND
DOORS WERE BLOWN OUT AND PORTIONS OF A WALL WERE BLOWN OUT
BLOWING INSULATION INTO A NEARBY TREELINE.  IN ADDTION, NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ONTO OR NEAR HOMES IN THAT VICINITY.
THE STORM THEN HIT A LARGE METAL WAREHOUSE PEELING LARGE PORTIONS 
OF ITS METAL ROOF AND THROWING THE PANELS HUNDREDS OF YARDS TO THE NE 
OF THE BUILDING OR OVER THE NORTHEASTERN EDGE OF THE WAREHOUSE.  THE
STORM THEN CROSSED PEEPLES VALLEY RD SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES
ON BOTH SIDES BEFORE MOVING INTO A LARGELY WOODED AREA AND
LIFTING BEFORE REACHING INTERSTATE 75.
.SOUTHERN BARTOW COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    95 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.68 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   125.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             03/25/2021
START TIME:             09:08 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         1 NW TAYLORSVILLE / BARTOW COUNTY / GA
START LAT/LON:          34.092 / -84.9943

END DATE:               03/25/2021
END TIME:               09:10 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           2 NE TAYLORSVILLE / BARTOW COUNTY / GA
END LAT/LON:            34.1025 / -84.9679

SURVEY SUMMARY:
A TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN DURING THE EVENING OF THURSDAY
MARCH 26, 2021 ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF TAYLORSVILLE GA IN
SOUTHERN BARTOW COUNTY. TREES WERE UPROOTED NEAR A SMALL SCHOOL
ALONG EUHARLEE ST AND A LARGE TREE FELL ONTO A SMALL CABIN ON THE
EASTERN SIDE OF THE ROAD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ACROSS AN OPEN
FIELD WHERE IT FLIPPED A LARGE CENTER PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM. 
THE TORNADO THEN HIT A TREE LINE ALONG EUHARLEE CREEK WHERE NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. THE STORM CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST 
ALONG THE CREEK, WHERE IT CONTINUED TO SNAP AND UPROOT TREES BEFORE
LIFTING AS IT APPROACHED OLD ALABAMA ROAD. RADAR DATA SUGGESTS
THE STORM THAT PRODUCED THIS TORNADO WAS ANTICYCLONIC, WHICH
SOMETIMES HAPPENS IN UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENTS BUT IT IS RARE FOR
SUCH STORMS PRODUCE TORNADOES. HOWEVER, IN THIS CASE IT DID 
PRODUCE ONE BRIEFLY.

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

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.
From Cedartown High School.
CEDARTOWN DOWN BURST...

RATING:                 TSTM/WIND
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    105 MPH
DAMAGE AREAS /STATUTE/: 5.5 SQUARE MILES  
FATALITIES: 0 
INJURIES: 0

START DATE:             03/25/2021
START TIME:             12:32 PM EDT
START LOCATION:         1 SSE CEDARTOWN / POLK COUNTY / GA
START LAT/LON:          33.9948 / -85.2466

END DATE:               03/25/2021
END TIME:               12:38 PM EDT
END LOCATION:           2 E CEDARTOWN / POLK COUNTY / GA


SURVEY SUMMARY:
DAMAGE SURVEYS AND CLOSE EXAMINATION OF RADAR DATA CONFIRM THAT A
SIGNIFACANT DOWNBURST OCCURRED NEAR CEDARTOWN GA BEGINNING AT
APPROXIMATELY 12:32 PM ON THURSDAY MARCH 25, 2021 RESULTING IN
WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE ON THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST SIDE OF TOWN. 
THE CENTER OF THE DOWNBURST WAS LOCATED IN A HEAVILY WOODED AREA 
EAST OF MAIN STREET AND SOUTH OF HWY 278.  NUMEROUS
DOWNED TREES SOUTH OF HWY 27 ALONG TUCK STREET ARE SNAPPED OR
BLOWN DOWN AND FACING SOUTH AWAY FROM THE DOWNBURST AREA. NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED ALONG EAST POINT ROAD NORTH OF HWY
278 AND ARE FACING NORTH OR NORTHWEST AWAY FROM THE CENTER OF THE
DOWNBURST. FORWARD MOMENTUM OF THE STORM AND STRONG WINDS
CONTINUED EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF HWY 27, SNAPPING AND UPROOTING 
TREES ALONG LEES CHAPEL ROAD, FRIENDLY BAPTIST ROAD, AND COALING 
ROAD IN A EAST OR NORTHEAST DIRECTION. NUMEROUS HOMES IN THE 
AREA SUSTAINED WIND DAMAGE TO THEIR ROOFS DUE TO DOWNED TREES 
AND OR SHINGLE DAMAGE FROM THE STRONG WINDS. A SECOND SMALLER 
DOWNBURST OCCURRED NORTH OF THIS AREA, TO 
THE WEST OF CEDARTOWN HIGH SCHOOL AND NORTH OF EAST AVENUE. TREES 
WERE UPROOTED FACING EAST-NORTHEAST THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL
PROPERTY AND SEVERAL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS WERE MOVED ON THE
ROOF OF THE ADMIN BUILDING. IN ADDITION, NUMEROUS TREES WERE
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED IN THE NORTHVIEW CEMETERY FACING SOUTHEAST
AWAY FROM THE SECOND DOWNBURST LOCATION. A DETAILED EXAMINATION
OF RADAR DATA CONFIRMS A MARC (MID ALTITUDE RADIAL CONVERGENCE)
SIGNATURE PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE STORM, WHICH IS 
INDICATIVE OF STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A STRONG DOWNBURST.
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