Tornadoes confirmed for Worth, Tift County


    An EF-1 tornado touched down in Worth County Sunday with maximum winds estimated at 105 mph. / George Clements

    The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida confirmed Tuesday that two tornadoes touched down in South Georgia on Sunday.

    In Worth County, an EF-1 tornado touched down just south of Hobby Hill Road just after 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The tornado moved northeast across Medders Road and Hilltop Road before dissipating at Highway 33.

    The storm caused minor damage to a couple of manufactured homes and more significant damage to outbuildings.

    EF-1 level damage to several stands of pine trees was noted, with maximum winds estimated at 105 mph.

    In Tift County, an EF-0 tornado touched down near Ty Ty Sparks Road north of U.S. 319 and traveled northeast across Flat Ford Road and Keith-Fletcher Road.

    After the six minutes the tornado was on the ground, the tornado lifted just after crossing Ty Ty Omega Road at 9:25 a.m.

    Damage was primarily confined to irrigation systems and trees. A substation sustained some damage as well.

    This tornado is rated EF-0 with estimated maximum winds of 85 mph.

    The EF Scale, or The Enhanced Fujita Scale, classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

    • EF0...Weak......65 TO 85 mph
    • EF1...Weak......86 TO 110 mph
    • EF2...Strong....111 TO 135 mph
    • EF3...Strong....136 TO 165 mph
    • EF4...Violent...166 TO 200mph
    • EF5...Violent...>200mph

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