Saturday, 20 April 2013

NWS confirms EF-2 tornado damage in Newton/Morgan Counties, GA; 1 person injured

NWS confirms EF-2 tornado damage in Newton/Morgan Counties, GA; 1 person injured, The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, GA has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Newton and Morgan Counties a little after 1pm EDT Friday.

The tornado developed along a line of intense showers and thunderstorms that moved across north-central Georgia.

The tornado was characterized as a Quasi-Linear Convective System (QLCS) tornado. A QLSC tornado is a tornado that develops with little to no warning along the kink of the squall line of thunderstorms.

According to the NWS, the EF-2 tornado produced winds of 105-115 mph and traveled 7.5 miles from Newton County near Mansfield, GA to Morgan County near Newborn, GA.

Mansfield, GA along Kellogg and Savannah Street was worst hit. That's where several homes sustained damage, an older home and a mobile home was completely destroyed. One person was injured in the mobile home.

Along the tornado's path, numerous trees and power lines were snapped and/or uprooted. In all, as many 8 homes sustained significant damage and a few buildings in downtown Mansfield sustained minor damage.

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