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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 9.43 Miles
-- Width 300 Yards
State GEORGIA
County/Area MUSCOGEE
WFO FFC
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-03-01 18:31:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 2WSW GREEN IS HILLS
Begin Lat/Lon 32.4917/-85.0038
End Date 2007-03-01 18:41:00.0 EST-5
End Location 3W MIDLAND
End Lat/Lon 32.57/-84.8715
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 1/0
Property Damage 28.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A major, negatively tilted and closed upper trough rotated through the mid-south and southeast U.S. on March 1st. A 150kt jet was located over the region at 250mb with a strong 50kt low-level jet from central Alabama into central Tennessee. A wedge of cool air was present over much of north central and northeast Georgia. Rain, which spread over this area early in the day, helped enhance the wedge of cool air. Little to no severe weather was noted north of the wedge boundary across north Georgia where the air mass remained relatively cool and stable. Meanwhile...a warm, humid air mass was present across much of central and south Georgia where dewpoints had risen well into the 60s during the afternoon. The strong upper dynamics present over this region combined with the instability just south of the wedge provided a very favorable environment for long lived, strong tornadoes. A total of 14 tornadoes affecting 17 counties tracked across central and east central Georgia and within the Peachtree City, Georgia county warning area during the late afternoon and evening hours of March 1st. This was the second greatest number of tornadoes recorded to have occurred in the Peachtree City, Georgia forecast area within a 24-hour period, second only to the 16 tornadoes, affecting 18 counties, associated with Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The March 1st tornadoes spanned an area from Stewart county in the far southwest part of the county warning area to Warren county in the far east central portion of the county warning area. The first tornado touched down in Stewart county at 4:11 pm EST and the last tornado lifted in Marion county at 10:55 pm EST. By far the hardest hit county was Sumter county, and especially the city of Americus, where hundreds of homes and business, including the regional hospital, were heavily damaged or destroyed. Additional tornadoes were reported further south in Tallahassee and Jacksonville's, Florida's forecast areas. Federal disaster assistance had been approved for 1,836 households across the state for a total of $14.2 million. Another $5.8 million had been approved for public assistance of debris removal and to repair infrastructure. The Small Business Association also approved $7 million in disaster assistance loans. Overall damages, however, are estimated to be several hundred million. Substantial rainfall fell across much of the state, but rainfall amounts of three to five inches were common across central and east central areas. The heaviest rainfall fell in the Hancock, Putnam, and Baldwin county areas, where some spots received in excess of six inches of rain. Some flooding was reported in these areas.
Event Narrative A survey conducted by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City and the National Weather Service in Calera, Alabama, concluded that an EF2 tornado, that originated in Russell county, Alabama, tracked across northwest and north central Muscogee county. The tornado first touched down in extreme northeast Russell county, Alabama about three miles from the Georgia border, then crossed into extreme southeast Lee county, Alabama, and then entered Georgia as it moved across the north end of Lake Oliver, about 1.5 miles west-southwest of Green Island Hills. The tornado continued to travel east-northeast across north Muscogee county, including the north suburbs of Columbus (Green Island Hills, Brookstone, Autumn Ridge, Hamilton Station, and Old Moon Road), before finally lifting three miles west of Midland in north central Muscogee county. The overall tornado path length was approximately 12 miles, with about nine miles of the tornado path within Georgia. The maximum path width was 300 yards. The heaviest damage occurred in the 6200 block of Brookstone Boulevard just north of U.S. Highway 80 in the northwest part of Columbus. Several homes in this area suffered heavy damage and at least one injury was confirmed. In addition, several commercial buildings on Veterans Parkway sustained substantial structural damage. Windows were blown out, large air conditioning units were tossed about, large metal business signs were blown down, and power poles were twisted and blown down. The Hawthorn Suites on North Lake Parkway was destroyed from roof and water damage. Nearby, the Ramada Inn under construction also suffered considerable damage while a nearby Holiday Inn Express sustained minor damage. In addition, several churches, including Wynnbrook Baptist, Saint Mark's United Methodist, and Old Moon Road Churches were heavily damaged. Hundreds of trees were down in the area, a number of which fell on parked cars. Many power lines were down and thousands were left without power, some for over a day.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 3 28 142.816M 0.00K
LILBURN GWINNETT CO. GA 03/01/2007 07:00 EST-5 Lightning 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
WALESKA CHEROKEE CO. GA 03/01/2007 07:01 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAIRSVILLE BARTOW CO. GA 03/01/2007 07:20 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUMPKIN STEWART CO. GA 03/01/2007 15:55 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
DEVEREUX HANCOCK CO. GA 03/01/2007 16:00 EST-5 Flood 0 0 300.00K 0.00K
PRESTON WEBSTER CO. GA 03/01/2007 16:07 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
RICHLAND STEWART CO. GA 03/01/2007 16:11 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 400.00K 0.00K
CUSSETA CHATTAHOOCHEE CO. GA 03/01/2007 16:37 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
RUPERT TAYLOR CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:18 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
POTTERVILLE TAYLOR CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:29 EST-5 Tornado EF2 1 4 500.00K 0.00K
KNOXVILLE CRAWFORD CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:34 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 9 500.00K 0.00K
FT VLY PEACH CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 48 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
LIZELLA BIBB CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:43 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
HORNS CRAWFORD CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:49 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
PAYNE CITY BIBB CO. GA 03/01/2007 17:51 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
GRISWOLDVILLE JONES CO. GA 03/01/2007 18:30 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
GREEN IS HILLS MUSCOGEE CO. GA 03/01/2007 18:31 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 1 28.000M 0.00K
ELLERSLIE HARRIS CO. GA 03/01/2007 18:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 45 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
HADDOCK JONES CO. GA 03/01/2007 18:44 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
TALBOTTON TALBOT CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:00 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
MILLEDGEVILLE BALDWIN CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:08 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
PO BIDDY XRDS TALBOT CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:11 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
ELKO HOUSTON CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:28 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DEVEREUX HANCOCK CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:31 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
YATESVILLE UPSON CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:37 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
FORSYTH MONROE CO. GA 03/01/2007 19:54 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
WARRENTON WARREN CO. GA 03/01/2007 20:08 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 3 700.00K 0.00K
WESTON WEBSTER CO. GA 03/01/2007 21:00 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 3 1.000M 0.00K
PLAINS SUMTER CO. GA 03/01/2007 21:07 EST-5 Tornado EF3 2 8 110.000M 0.00K
LA CROSSE SCHLEY CO. GA 03/01/2007 21:20 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
OGLETHORPE MACON CO. GA 03/01/2007 21:36 EST-5 Tornado EF3 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
TARVERSVILLE TWIGGS CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:18 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
CARY BLECKLEY CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:30 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
NICKELSVILLE WILKINSON CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:40 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
DUBLIN LAURENS CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:44 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
OAKLAND MARION CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:52 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
EATONTON PUTNAM CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:54 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
WRIGHTSVILLE JOHNSON CO. GA 03/01/2007 22:56 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
FT VLY PEACH CO. GA 03/01/2007 23:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 45 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
Totals: 3 28 142.816M 0.00K