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Baker County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
4/23/1883 530 am F4 25 400 8 50 n/a G

Moved ENE from NE Baker County, passing 8m S of Albany, to just east of Isabella. The eight deaths were on the three plantations near Hardaway Station. Both tenant homes and main homes were destroyed. The destruction of a large main plantation home was a rare occurrence. Three people died in the new plantation home of a retired sea-captain who had just moved from Massachusetts.

3/27/1885 345 pm F2 10 200 0 2 n/a G

Five homes were unroofed or torn apart south of Newton.

5/1/1909 330 am F3 30 300 6 25 n/a G

Moved ENE from 2m S of Milford, passing 5m S of Albany. Six people were killed as tenant homes were completely swept away on plantations S and SE of Albany. Damage was reported from at least 11 plantations.

4/4/1980 700 am F1 0.3 20 0 0 $2,500 SD
10/26/1997 1245 pm F0 0.5 100 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

F0 tornado reported in northwest Baker County. Several 12-24" diameter pines down along Georgia Highway 216 near Milford.

9/15/2004 607 pm F1 1 100 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

Trees were uprooted and twisted. Power lines were knocked down. Reported by the Baker County EMA.

9/15/2004 627 pm F1 1 100 0 0 $20,000 SD, SPC

Trees were uprooted and twisted. Power lines were knocked down. Minor structural damage occurred. Reported by the Baker County EMA.

3/1/2007 1144 pm EF2 14.8 200 6 0 $1,250,000 SD, SPC

An EF2 tornado touched down in rural Baker County west of Newton, then traveled rapidly northeast, and caused extensive damage to a mobile home park a mile north of Newton. Six people died and three were injured when their mobile homes were demolished by the tornado. A church was destroyed on State Highway 37 a few miles west of Newton. GEMA and FEMA damage assessments determined ten minor damaged homes, nine major damaged homes, and 18 destroyed homes. The tornado crossed into northern Mitchell County north of Baconton. A state of emergency was declared by the Governor.

1/30/2013 609 pm EF0 1.19 25 0 0 $15,000 SD, SPC

A Baker county fire chief reported a damage swath starting near the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 37 where a house sustained minor damage, extending northeastward around 1 mile through portions of Newton where trees were snapped or twisted. The damage was consistent with an EF0 tornado with winds of 70-80 mph and also corresponded to an area of rotation on radar. Monetary damage was estimated.

*Sources

G - Grazulis, T. P., 1993: Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991.  A Chronology and Analysis of Events. Environmental Films, Tornado Project, St. Johsnbury, VT.
SD - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1950-2009: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database