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Ben Hill County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
4/30/1924 945 am F2 n/a n/a 0 3 $100,000 G

Two large homes and a dozen small ones were unroofed, shifted, or torn apart on the west side of Fitzgerald. Hundreds of trees were blown down.

4/12/1944 430 am F2 20 150 0 4 n/a G

Moved ENE, passing along the edge of "China Hill." A few rural homes were destroyed, and thousands of trees were uprooted. South of McRae, store goods were scattered for three miles.

4/15/1961 830 am F1 2.3 100 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
6/14/1963 600 pm F2 0.5 33 0 2 $250,000 SD, SPC
6/19/1967 345 pm F2 0.9 33 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/28/1968 130 am F1 2 36 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/15/1971 130 pm F1 0.8 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/25/1982 310 pm F0 1 30 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/5/1982 215 pm F1 0.2 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
2/22/1983 345 pm F1 2.5 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/16/1983 900 am F1 3 100 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
11/24/1992 1215 pm F0 8 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/25/2006 630 am F2 11.3 100 0 0 $300,000 SD, SPC

The tornado touched down four miles east of Fitzgerald just south of Georgia Highway 206 and U.S. Highway 319. There were several areas along its northeasterly track where trees had been twisted off at approximately 15 feet above ground level. Debris from the initial touchdown was discovered three miles due north. The tornado touched down four times as evidenced by the sporadic damage. Two homes were destroyed, two homes were heavily damaged, and three irrigation pivots were destroyed. The tornado finally lifted at an old recreation area known as Red Bluff where roof damage was reported.

4/13/2009 1140 am EF1 2.9 100 0 0 $200,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down about two miles southwest of Fitzgerald near the municipal airport. It destroyed a barn, and blew a batting cage across a field. It also uprooted or snapped numerous trees and blew down signs. The tornado continued on a northeast path into portions of downtown Fitzgerald. The brick facade of a building collapsed. Much of the damage was caused by fallen trees. The tornado was classified an EF1 with winds estimated between 80 and 90 mph.

*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