Storms cause trouble in much of South Georgia
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:41:13 GMT —
Second Update 5:40 p.m.
NWS officials are confirming that a brief, weak tornado struck on the west side of Tifton south of US-82 near Carpenter Road Friday morning.
They add that the damage in the city of Tifton and near I-75 is straight line wind damage measured at speeds of 65 to 75 mph.
NWS says that the tornado was an EF-0 with max winds of 80 to 85 mph.
First Update 5:15 p.m.
Officials with the National Weather Service say they are confirming straight line wind damage in Worth County, south of Sylvester.
They say that a large area of 60 to 75 mph winds with isolated pockets of 80 to 85 mph wind damage in parts.
Finally, they say that crews are reviewing damage areas west of Tifton and a report should happen shortly.
Multiple reports are coming in the wake of strong storms that pushed across Southwest Georgia.
Several buildings in Tifton off of Carpenter Road and Highway 82 have experienced damage as a result of these storms.
High winds in Tifton causes significant damage for one lot owner.
Darin Henderson, owner of the Southern Heritage Manufactured Home Lot off of Highway 82, says two of his Carolina garage structures were blown over.
Henderson says the damage is roughly around $20,000.
He adds he saw darkness outside and he doesn't know exactly what happened, but he's sure it was more than strong winds.
Henderson also received other damage to his trailer homes.
Worth County has multiple storm reports of uprooted trees from Evergreen Road to Liberty Hill Road as well.
The National Weather Service confirms that they are sending crews to Southwest Georgia to investigate damage in Tift and Worth counties. They add that elsewhere across the region, damage is consistent with straight line winds.
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