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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 2.74 Miles
-- Width 448 Yards
State GEORGIA
County/Area WARREN
WFO FFC
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2007-03-01 20:08:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 4ENE WARRENTON
Begin Lat/Lon 33.4221/-82.606
End Date 2007-03-01 20:16:00.0 EST-5
End Location 3SE MESENA
End Lat/Lon 33.4393/-82.5632
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 3/0
Property Damage 700.00K
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 damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, GA concluded that an EF2 tornado tracked across eastern Warren county, touching down about four miles east-northeast of Warrenton, and continued into McDuffie county, terminating about 6 miles northeast of Thomson near Interstate-20. The overall tornado path length was 15 miles, but only about 2.5 miles of the path occurred within Warren county. The maximum path width was 448 yards or about one-quarter nautical mile. The tornado tracked very close to U.S. Highway 278 or Georgia Highway 12, the main highway between Warrenton and Thomson. The most significant damage occurred to the Briarwood Academy on U.S. Highway 278. In addition, a number of homes, mostly double-wide mobile homes, sustained significant damage between Warrenton and the McDuffie county line, especially on the northeast side of Warrenton. Most of the damage was in the Camak Road and Thomson Highway area. One double-wide mobile home was completely destroyed with only the base slab left standing. There were eight homes with major damage, 13 with moderate damage, and 17 with minor damage. Three individuals sustained minor injuries from flying glass and debris. Dozens of trees and power lines were down along the path of the tornado.


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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