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Track of damage associated with Franklin County (GA) tornado on 10 April 2009
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
959 PM EDT SAT APR 10 2009

...TORNADO CONFIRMED IN NORTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY GA...

LOCATION...6 NNE CARNESVILLE...FRANKLIN COUNTY GA
DATE...APRIL 10TH 2009
ESTIMATED TIME...655 TO 701 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING/CAUSE...EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...110 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...4.5 MILES

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAM FOUND AN AREA OF
TORNADO DAMAGE IN NORTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY THAT BEGAN NEAR FARMERS
ACADEMY ROAD ABOUT ONE HALF MILE SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY 106 
INTERSECTION. THE TORNADO TRAVELED EAST/NORTHEAST...MOVING ACROSS
CRUMPS BRIDGE RD...HIGHWAY 145...AND CLARKS CREEK RD BEFORE
LIFTING NEAR THE STEPHENS COUNTY LINE. NUMEROUS TREES WERE 
UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF ALONG THE PATH. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS
GENERALLY MINOR. HOWEVER...THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO
A COMPLEX OF LARGE CHICKEN HOUSES ON CRUMPS BRIDGE RD. ONE CHICKEN
HOUSE WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED...AND SEVERAL OTHERS SUSTAINED
MAJOR DAMAGE. THE DAMAGE OBSERVED WAS CONSISTENT WITH WIND SPEEDS
OF 100-110 MPH...MAKING THIS A STRONG EF1 TORNADO ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE. FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY AND
MONDAY.


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