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Calhoun County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
3/22/1897 830 am F2 1 100 8 23 n/a G

Moved ENE at the edge of Arlington, destroying the Arlington Academy. At least eight of the 29 students in the school were killed. The students and his two teachers were gathered at the windows to watch the storm when they suddenly realized what was happening. Half of the two-year-old school was blown apart and or collpased. It took hours for the rescuers, working in a torrential rain, to free the injured.

1/18/1936 1100 pm F3 4 500 7 30 $15,000 G

Moved ENE near Edison, destroying six barns and sweeping away a dozen tenant homes. Bodies were carried up to 200 yards.

11/8/1957 900 am F1 10 33 0 0 $25,000 SD
3/7/1958 400 pm F1 2 200 0 2 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/30/1971 730 am F2 20 100 0 0 $25,000 SD
12/26/1973 1100 am F1 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
1/20/1974 630 pm F1 0.1 60 0 1 $25,000 SD, SPC
2/19/1974 630 am F1 1 150 0 1 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
9/15/2004 442 pm F0 0.2 50 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

Brief touchdown of a tornado downed trees and power lines. Reported by the Calhoun County EMA.

1/13/2005 602 pm F1 2 100 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

After crossing the Early-Calhoun County line, the tornado weakened slightly as it plowed through a pine forest. It blew several large trees across a railroad track before dissipating over an open field west of Arlington. The ground assessment was conducted by a SKYWARN storm spotter. The aerial assessment was conducted by the Georgia State Patrol.

4/14/2007 845 pm EF0 0.8 50 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

A weak tornado briefly touched down just north of Morgan. It damaged a structure and felled numerous trees.

11/2/2015 1249 pm EF0 2.50 50 0 0 $0 SD

The KEOX dual-pol radar confirmed a brief tornado touchdown north of Morgan with an unambiguous tornadic debris signature. The only damage was to trees with no structural damage was reported in this very rural area.

4/7/2016 145 am EF2 11.45 250 0 5 $150,000 SD

The combination of dual-polarization radar data and the damage survey show that the tornado initially touched down very close to the Clay/Randolph County line west of US Highway 27. The tornado then continued on a continuous path for nearly 16 miles across much of northwestern Calhoun County. Initial damage northwest of Edison, GA in northwestern Calhoun County was largely limited to downed or snapped trees . As the tornado neared Georgia Highway 216, there was an area of more concentrated damage along Magnolia Road. Two single wide mobile homes were destroyed at this location along with numerous snapped pine trees. Damage in this area was consistent with EF-1 damage or a maximum wind of around 100-105 mph. For the following four miles of the track, damage was once again limited to mostly downed or snapped trees. More significant damage occurred east of the Ichawaynochaway Creek north of Georgia Highway 37 near Dickey, GA. On Country Club Road, a single family residence was damaged, with a portion of the exterior brick wall collapsed, large sections of the roof removed, and debris blown 100-200 yards from the structure. Large trees near the residence were uprooted or snapped. Across the road, a double wide mobile home had some sections of walls and roof removed, and it was blown off its foundation by a couple feet. Additional large, healthy trees were snapped and uprooted at that location. Damage in this area was consistent with high end EF-1 to low end EF-2 damage, with a maximum wind of 110-120 mph. Even more significant damage occurred further east along the Dickey Bypass. Numerous trees in this area were snapped and uprooted. Along the south side of the road, a double-wide mobile home was completely obliterated with debris blown across the road about 50 yards or more into a tree line. This mobile home was strapped and anchored to the ground in several locations, with the anchors sticking into the ground approximately a foot. The mobile home frame separated completely and wrapped around a nearby tree. Numerous hardwood trees near the home were snapped. Damage at this location was the most intense along the track of this tornado and was consistent with strong EF-2 damage, with a maximum wind of 125 to 130 mph. Analysis of the damage patterns suggests that this mobile home may have been hit by a subvortex in the tornado, as debris was blown across the path of the tornado to the north. Most of the debris along the rest of the path tended to be blown in a more easterly direction. Just to the east of that residence, another house was damaged, with a small portion of the roof removed. The residents stated that the roof had separated from the walls, but set down again in a slightly different location . Almost all the pine trees near this house were snapped. The tree damage continued to the east for about another mile, with a medium sized shed or outbuilding also destroyed near the end of the tornado path. Total damage cost 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, 1950-2016: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database