Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 2.1 Miles
-- Width 300 Yards
State GEORGIA
County/Area MERIWETHER
WFO FFC
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-05-11 03:20:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 2WSW ST MARKS
Begin Lat/Lon 33.11/-84.86
End Date 2008-05-11 03:29:00.0 EST-5
End Location 9NW GREENVILLE
End Lat/Lon 33.12/-84.83
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 30.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A stationary front was draped across north Georgia early on May 10th with an active northwest flow aloft. Meanwhile...a vigorous short wave aloft was approaching the area from the southern plains. The stationary front provided the focus for two rounds of showers and thunderstorms, one early in the morning on the 10th and another in the afternoon. The activity tracked east-southeast with the upper flow aloft, mainly across north Georgia during the early morning and across central Georgia during the afternoon. An isolated strong supercell also tracked across the southern part of central Georgia during the evening. After a lull of convective activity for about four hours, intense multicell thunderstorms tracked into the area from Alabama after midnight and before dawn on the 11th. As these thunderstorms tracked across west central and central Georgia, 15 tornadoes were identified by subsequent surveys making this the most significant tornado outbreak to affect the area since the Katrina-associated tornadoes on August 29, 2005. Millions of dollars of property damage were reported as many homes were destroyed from these tornadoes from the western and southern suburbs of Atlanta southeastward across Macon, Dublin, and other counties in east central and southeast Georgia. Many of these counties were eligible for disaster assistance from the federal government.
In addition to the tornadoes and thunderstorm winds that caused extensive damage in dozens of counties across north and central Georgia during the early morning hours of May 11th, strong gradient winds developed on the back side of the strong cold front that moved through the area as low pressure intensified across the mid-Atlantic region. The strong winds combined with wet ground resulted in dozens of trees being blown down in some north Georgia counties. There were also two deaths as a result of downed trees in Barrow and Gwinnett county, all non-thunderstorm-related winds.
Event Narrative A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that the tornado, that originally touched down in northeastern Troup county, continued into Meriwether county. The EF2 tornado entered Meriwether county a little over two miles west-southwest of Saint Marks and tracked to a point approximately 9.25 miles northwest of Greenville along Saint Marks Road, approximately 3.67 miles northeast of Saint Marks. The tornado tracked a little over two miles within Meriwether county with a maximum path width of 300 yards. Many trees were snapped or uprooted along the path of the tornado. Structural damage was confined to one shed, which was destroyed, and minor roof damage to several homes in the Saint Marks area and east-northeastward toward U.S. Highway 27. Some of this later damage may have been caused by straight-line winds.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 4 13 70.192M 0.00K
BRASELTON JACKSON CO. GA 05/10/2008 03:30 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MACON BIBB CO. GA 05/10/2008 14:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 35 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
MACON BIBB CO. GA 05/10/2008 14:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLIAMSON PIKE CO. GA 05/10/2008 17:05 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ORCHARD HILL SPALDING CO. GA 05/10/2008 17:10 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIZELLA BIBB CO. GA 05/10/2008 17:44 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
GRISWOLDVILLE JONES CO. GA 05/10/2008 18:00 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
OWENSBORO WILCOX CO. GA 05/10/2008 20:45 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
RHINE DODGE CO. GA 05/10/2008 21:07 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MILAN TELFAIR CO. GA 05/10/2008 21:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FAIRBURN FULTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 01:05 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
MORROW CLAYTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 01:15 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
CONYERS ROCKDALE CO. GA 05/11/2008 01:36 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOOD HOPE WALTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 02:20 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAWRENCEVILLE GWINNETT CO. GA 05/11/2008 02:25 EST-5 Lightning 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
FARMINGTON OCONEE CO. GA 05/11/2008 02:30 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARM SPGS MERIWETHER CO. GA 05/11/2008 02:59 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
JONESVILLE CARROLL CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:05 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 5.000M 0.00K
JONESVILLE CARROLL CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:08 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
LOUISE TROUP CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:08 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 80.00K 0.00K
HOGANSVILLE TROUP CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:18 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
ST MARKS MERIWETHER CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:20 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
CARROLLTON CARROLL CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:25 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 7.000M 0.00K
FAIRPLAY DOUGLAS CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:28 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 1.500M 0.00K
FAIRBURN FULTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 03:41 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
MORROW CLAYTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:17 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 7.500M 0.00K
THE ROCK UPSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:20 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
STOCKBRIDGE HENRY CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:22 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
THE ROCK UPSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:25 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAGNET ROCKDALE CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:30 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CUSSETA CHATTAHOOCHEE CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:31 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MUSELLA CRAWFORD CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
OAK HILL NEWTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:43 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
DYAS MONROE CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
LIZELLA BIBB CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
LIZELLA BIBB CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:50 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 5.000M 0.00K
MURRAYS XRDS SCHLEY CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:54 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
BYRON PEACH CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:55 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MACON BIBB CO. GA 05/11/2008 04:56 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARNER ROBINS HOUSTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:00 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
BROWNS CROSSING BALDWIN CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:05 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
MARSHALLVILLE MACON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:10 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
DRY BRANCH TWIGGS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:11 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
DRY BRANCH TWIGGS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:11 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FITZPATRICK TWIGGS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:15 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 4.000M 0.00K
PENNINGTON MORGAN CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:17 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
GORDON WILKINSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:19 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
NICKELSVILLE WILKINSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:19 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
FRIENDSHIP SUMTER CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
MONTROSE LAURENS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:32 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
CHAPPELLS MILL LAURENS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:36 EST-5 Tornado EF2 2 2 1.400M 0.00K
TUCKERS CROSSROAD LAURENS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:44 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 900.00K 0.00K
SANDERSVILLE WASHINGTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
SILAS WASHINGTON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:45 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
SPANN JOHNSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:48 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 5 15.000M 0.00K
ALMIRA JEFFERSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:57 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 56 kts. EG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
GRANGE JEFFERSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:57 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.000M 0.00K
LOWERY LAURENS CO. GA 05/11/2008 05:58 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 900.00K 0.00K
KITE JOHNSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:01 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 78 kts. EG 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
KITE JOHNSON CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:01 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 3 7.000M 0.00K
BLUNDALE EMANUEL CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:07 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 750.00K 0.00K
BLUNDALE EMANUEL CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:07 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 78 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MC RAE TELFAIR CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:10 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 43 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
SOPERTON TREUTLEN CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:11 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
KIBBEE MONTGOMERY CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:16 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
NORMANTOWN TOOMBS CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:20 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 3 500.00K 0.00K
LESLIE SUMTER CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:25 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ELTON TOOMBS CO. GA 05/11/2008 06:35 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
RAMHURST MURRAY CO. GA 05/11/2008 09:02 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
CHEROKEE (ZONE) CHEROKEE (ZONE) GA 05/11/2008 12:48 EST-5 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
BARROW (ZONE) BARROW (ZONE) GA 05/11/2008 13:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 39 kts. EG 1 0 10.00K 0.00K
GWINNETT (ZONE) GWINNETT (ZONE) GA 05/11/2008 13:00 EST-5 Strong Wind 42 kts. EG 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 4 13 70.192M 0.00K