Storm survey crew finally completes tornado list in Georgia from April 3

Storm survey crew finally completes tornado list in Georgia from April 3

GEORGIA (WFXG) - The National Weather Service out of Peachtree City, Georgia has compiled a list of confirmed tornadoes on the Georgia side of the river from Monday, April 3, 2017.  It's taken the survey team so long to survey such a large area and they had to take a break from investigating storm tracks and damage because of more severe weather on Wednesday, April 5 that produced tornadoes as well.

  • Hancock County EF-0 Tornado
    • Rating:      EF-0
    • Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
    • Path Length /Statute/:  3.2 miles
    • Path Width /Maximum/:   524 yards
    • Start Date:    Apr 3, 2017
    • Start Time:      221 PM EDT
    • Start Lat/Lon:    33.2938/-83.1208
    • End Date:      Apr 3, 2017
    • End Time:       225 PM EDT
    • End Lat/Lon:      33.2877/-83.0648

Survey Summary: An EF-0 tornado moved across the western portion of Hancock County shortly before 230 pm. Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped west of Sparta near the Rivers Road and Fort Creek Road intersection. The tornado tracked east for several miles where numerous trees were found snapped along with the demolition of a small shed along Hunts Chapel Church Road near the intersection of Pumping Station Road. The tornado lifted shortly after this location as the storms tracked east.

  • Washington County EF-1 Tornado #1
    • Rating:      EF-1
    • Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
    • Path Length /statute/:  6.1 miles
    • Path Width /Maximum/:   688 yards
    • Start Date:       Apr 3, 2017
    • Start Time:    236 PM EDT
    • Start Lat/Lon:   32.9203/-82.9996
    • End Date:      Apr 3, 2017
    • End Time:    241 PM EDT
    • End Lat/Lon:    32.9346/-82.9024

Survey Summary: The strong storm that produced an EF-2 tornado in Wilkinson County moved into Washington County shortly after 2:30 pm. This storm produced a brief EF-1 tornado that caused roof damage to a local church and uprooted numerous large trees surrounding both the church and within a nearby cemetery. The tornado remained on the ground for several more miles as it moved east of the church, but weakened to an EF-0 and caused minor roof damage to a local residence on Green Lane Road and uprooted numerous trees in the general vicinity. After moving through this location, most of the EF-0 damage was found along uninhabited dirt roads, with damage limited to uprooted and snapped softwood trees. The tornado lifted approximately 6 miles southwest of Sandersville.

  • Washington County EF-1 Tornado #2
    • Rating:    EF-1
    • Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
    • Path Length /statute/:  .42 miles
    • Path Width /Maximum/:   179 yards
    • Start Date:   Apr 3, 2017
    • Start Time:    256 PM EDT
    • Start Lat/Lon:    33.0501/-82.7535
    • End Date:    Apr 3, 2017
    • End Time:     258 PM EDT
    • End Lat/Lon:     33.0522/-82.7471

Survey Summary: A tornadic storm developed approximately 5.5 miles northeast of Sandersville just before 3 pm. EF-1 tornado damage was found along a half mile path from Mayview Road and Kittrell Creek Road where numerous trees were uprooted and snapped. The tornado lifted for several miles before reaching the ground again toward the Washington and Jefferson county line.

  • Jefferson County EF-1 Tornado
    • Rating:     EF-1
    • Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
    • Path Length /statute/:  7.84 miles
    • Path Width /Maximum/:   1887 yards
    • Start Date:     Apr 3, 2017
    • Start Time:      300 PM EDT
    • Start Lat/Lon:    33.0591/-82.6704
    • End Date:      Apr 3, 2017
    • End Time:      308 PM EDT
    • End Lat/Lon:      33.0654/-82.5377

Survey Summary: A line of strong thunderstorms moved east in Jefferson County around 3 pm. A storm along the line produced an EF-1 tornado between Edgehill and Davisboro along the Washington and Jefferson county line. Damage to the metal roof of a large barn was found at a local residence on South Sparta Davisboro Road. South of this location, a barn was demolished along with numerous snapped and uprooted trees. As the tornado moved east it weakened to an EF-0 where it caused minor roof damage to a home on Hardeman Road North, minor shed damage at the same home, and numerous uprooted trees.

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 200mph
  • EF5...Violent...>200mph
(Information from the National Weather Service- Peachtree City was used in this report)

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