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Decatur County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
4/1/1948 300 am F2 15 200 0 9 n/a G

Moved ENE from south of Reynoldsville, where a home was destroyed and trees were uprooted. After a dozen miles of timber damage, the tornado unroofed and tore apart homes near Bainbridge.

9/4/1948 110 am F2 10 200 2 12 $30,000 G

A "giant ice cream cone" funnel moved NNW from 2m S of Havana, Florida, passing across the west part of that town. Two children were killed in one of eight homes that were destroyed. Nine tobacco farms were destroyed. In Georgia, losses totalled $30,000 in and near the "Belcher" community.

4/4/1960 600 am F1 0.5 33 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
12/28/1968 444 am F3 0.5 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/18/1969 800 am F2 20 233 0 1 $25,000 SD, SPC
7/24/1969 824 am F1 0.2 33 0 2 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/15/1970 700 pm F2 0.4 40 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
2/7/1971 820 am F2 6 300 0 0 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Skipped ENE, passing near Iron City and Eldorendo. Several homes were torn apart near those two towns. Barns were destroyed and trailers were overturned.

1/13/1972 745 am F2 2 300 0 3 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from 1m SW of Faceville. Two small homes were demolished. Other farm builldings were destroyed and a large freezer was carried 100 yards.

6/25/1972 530 pm F1 0.5 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
10/27/1972 1230 pm F1 4.1 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
10/27/1972 1257 pm F1 0.5 100 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
10/27/1972 115 pm F2 1 100 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
4/26/1973 130 pm F2 0.1 73 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/11/1974 430 pm F1 1 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
1/12/1975 1020 am F2 30 100 1 18 n/a G, SPC

Skipped NE from near Reynoldsville, Yates Springs, and ending NE of Camilla. Buildings were destroyed at the Bainbridge Indutrial Park, but most of the damage was to homes and forests in Mitchell County. About 100 frame homes were damaged, as were 50 mobile homes.

4/4/1979 1100 am F1 0.1 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/18/1988 740 pm F2 2.7 80 0 3 $2,500,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from 4m W of Bainbridge. Seventeen mobile homes were severely damaged or destroyed. The three injuries were serious. An auto repair shop was destroyed, and hundreds of tree were either uprooted or snapped off along the path. Minimal F2.

11/11/1995 1108 am F1 0.1 30 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down near Spring Creek and Airport Road causing structural damage to several residences.

3/6/1996 700 pm F0 0.1 25 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

County 911 reported a tornado touchdown. No damage was reported.

9/29/1998 530 pm F0 0.6 40 0 0 $50,000 SD, SPC

A brief F0 tornado touchdown just south of Bainbridge on GA 97. Some trees and power lines down.

2/13/2000 1119 pm F1 0.3 50 0 1 $1,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado destroyed several homes, and downed trees and power lines at the intersection of CR 97 and CR 262. One person was injured by flying debris. Decatur County was declared a federal disaster area. Reported by the Decatur County EMA.

3/15/2001 610 am F2 1 200 0 4 $500,000 SD, SPC

An F2 tornado touched down on Fewell Road in the Bell Dixon Community and tracked northeast into western Grady County. Debris was scattered over a wide area. Four persons were injured, one critically. Five homes sustained roof and window damage. Numerous trees and power lines down. One house was destroyed and eight others were severely damaged. A double-wide mobile home on Bell Dixon Road was lifted from its foundation and reduced to bits of debris in a neighboring field. Reported by the Decatur County EMA and Bainbridge Post Searchlight.

8/29/2005 526 pm F0 3 50 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

A small tornado briefly touched down just south of Brinson. It moved north and crossed U.S. Highway 84 near Spring Creek Road. No damage was reported by the public.

2/18/2008 138 am EF0 2 75 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

The same supercell thunderstorm which spawned the EF1 tornado in Gadsden County Florida produced a brief EF0 tornado about five miles west of Attapulgus. The tornado uprooted trees which fell on several homes along Stephens Jenkins Road.

3/3/2012 830 am EF0 3.27 25 0 0 $35,000 SD, SPC

An NWS Storm Survey confirmed that an EF0 tornado touched down near Vada Road and moved northeastward with intermittent damage before lifting about 5 minutes later. An attached garage of a home was destroyed along with a farm equipment shed. A car was also flipped. Maximum winds were estimated around 80 mph. 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