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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 7.64 Miles
-- Width 100 Yards
State GEORGIA
County/Area JACKSON
WFO FFC
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-08-26 15:30:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 3NNE ARCADE
Begin Lat/Lon 34.12/-83.55
End Date 2008-08-26 15:47:00.0 EST-5
End Location 1WNW COMMERCE
End Lat/Lon 34.2/-83.46
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 3/0
Property Damage 350.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative The remnants of tropical storm Fay continued to move northeast into central and northern Alabama on the 26th, then finally into eastern Tennessee on the 27th. This was the day when north and central Georgia experienced its maximum effects from tropical storm Fay. The outer rain bands of tropical storm Fay spawned six tornadoes across north and central Georgia during the afternoon and evening hours of the 26th. The majority of these affected northeast and east central Georgia. Three injuries were reported in Jackson county as a result of one of these tornadoes and damage was reported to a shopping center and an elementary school in Hall county. In addition, widespread heavy rain affected much of north and central Georgia with flash flooding reported in several northeast Georgia mountain counties. Storm total rainfall from Fay was as high as seven to eight inches across the northeast Georgia mountain counties of White, Lumpkin, Union, and Towns, as well as in adjacent Hall county. Similar rainfall totals were observed in parts of west central Georgia south and southeast of Columbus, although most of this occurred during the first passage of Fay to the south through the Florida Panhandle.
Event Narrative A survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City and the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down and caused considerable damage in northeast Jackson county. The tornado initially touched down very briefly about three miles east-northeast of Arcade near the Brockton Loop before lifting. Only minor damage to tree limbs was noted in this area. The tornado then touched down again within the city of Commerce and tracked approximately 1.25 miles through the city before lifting before reaching the Banks county line. Approximately 40 trees were uprooted or blown over by the tornado, which caused extensive damage to homes in the area. A total of three mobile homes were destroyed, one by wind, and two others from downed trees, while up to 15 site-built homes sustained minor roof damage. Three residents of the destroyed mobile homes were treated for injuries. The maximum path width of the tornado, within the city of Commerce, was determined to be 100 yards. Maximum wind within the tornado was estimated to be 100 mph.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 3 1.854M 0.00K
BEN HILL FULTON CO. GA 08/26/2008 07:13 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
CANTON CHEROKEE CO. GA 08/26/2008 08:06 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
PERCALE MONROE CO. GA 08/26/2008 11:10 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GNESVILLE COTTON MIL HALL CO. GA 08/26/2008 11:25 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 550.00K 0.00K
RAINES CRISP CO. GA 08/26/2008 11:25 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLEVELAND WHITE ARPT WHITE CO. GA 08/26/2008 11:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 20.50K 0.00K
STAY LUMPKIN CO. GA 08/26/2008 11:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 13.00K 0.00K
RAINES CRISP CO. GA 08/26/2008 11:48 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MACEDONIA TOWNS CO. GA 08/26/2008 13:15 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
BLACKSHEAR PLACE HALL CO. GA 08/26/2008 14:38 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 750.00K 0.00K
WHITE SULPHUR HALL CO. GA 08/26/2008 15:20 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
GODFREY MORGAN CO. GA 08/26/2008 15:27 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LULA BANKS CO. GA 08/26/2008 15:29 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
ARCADE JACKSON CO. GA 08/26/2008 15:30 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 3 350.00K 0.00K
CANTON CHEROKEE CO. GA 08/26/2008 15:31 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PERRY HOUSTON CO. GA 08/26/2008 15:34 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAY JONES CO. GA 08/26/2008 17:39 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MALLORYSVILLE WILKES CO. GA 08/26/2008 17:55 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
CLERMONT HALL CO. GA 08/26/2008 19:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 3 1.854M 0.00K