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Dougherty County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
3/27/1882 1100 pm F2 n/a n/a 0 10 n/a G

Hit 7m S of Albany, on the Newton Road. Homes and barns were destroyed.

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 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.

1/3/1906 115 pm F2 5 75 4 50 $100,000 G

Moved NE, then E along the NW edge of Albany. Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed in a 12-block section of town. Three people died in a rural home 3m W of Albany, a nd a machinist died in the destruction of a chemical plant. The plant damage was $60,000 of the $100,000 total.

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 lifted as tenant homes were completely swept away on plantations S and SE of Albany. Damage was reported from at least 11 plantations.

3/31/1921 215 pm F2 1.5 100 2 60 $250,000 G

Skipped to the E across the industrial area of north Albany. A dozen factories and many small homes were damaged. The tornado struck and damaged a chemical plant that had been destroyed by a tornado in 1905. One man was killed there, and another man died in a home that was under construction.

3/27/1932 650 pm F2 1 100 0 0 n/a G

A dozen homes were unroofed in Albany. A car was thrown 50 yards.

2/9/1937 1105 am F2 5 150 0 1 n/a G

Moved NE, passing 9m NW of Albany. Three homes were destroyed and two damaged.

2/10/1940 420 am F4 2 400 18 300 $3,200,000 G

Moved NE in SE Albany. About 1000 homes had some degree of damage. The tornado first touched down among old homes SW of the downtown area. There was $3,200,000 damage to a 32-block area, 10 blocks of which were stores, warehouses and offices. Most of the deaths were in poorly constructed homes along the Flint River.

11/15/1947 600 am F2 0.5 30 0 0 n/a G

Moved NE from 6m S of Albany, completely destroying one barn.

3/16/1948 505 pm F2 2 100 0 0 $10,000 G

Moved NNE across the west edge of Albany. Homes, barns, and garages were torn apart. At least one home was unroofed. Minimal F2.

12/25/1949 400 pm F2 4 200 0 7 n/a G

Moved NE from 9m W of Albany. Three small homes were destroyed and others were damaged. Valuable cattle were killed.

11/16/1951 755 am F1 0.5 100 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
1/28/1952 700 am F1 2 100 0 1 $25,000 SD, SPC
7/24/1954 900 pm F0 0.3 33 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
8/22/1955 300 pm F0 1 100 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
4/3/1961 720 pm F1 11 33 0 1 $25,000 SD, SPC
8/9/1965 430 pm F2 0.3 33 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
2/13/1966 300 am F1 0.5 500 0 1 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/26/1973 300 pm F1 0.1 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/1/1989 1205 pm F1 1 150 0 1 $250,000 SD, SPC
8/19/1992 248 pm F0 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/12/1992 430 pm F1 0.2 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
6/16/1994 528 pm F0 0.3 20 0 0 $500 SD, SPC

An aircraft pilot reported a tornado 10 miles west of Albany that briefly touched down along Georgia Highway 62. A few large trees were uprooted before the tornado dissipated.

11/7/1995 158 pm F2 5 150 0 36 $10,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado first touched down on the north side of the Albany Dougherty County Airport then moved east north-east for five miles to just past U.S. Highway 19. In two spots along the path the tornado lifted briefly. One of these breaks in the damage path occurred at an elementary school that was in session. The worst damage was to a Winn Dixie grocery store where many of the 36 injuries occurred. One side of the store was pulled out and collapsed to the side parking area. In the parking lot, numerous cars were moved about and a few turned over. Over 40 homes were destroyed with over 50 more severely damaged. Five businesses were severely damaged.

10/26/1997 1245 pm F0 1 100 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

F0 tornado touchdown just southwest of Albany near Walker. Roof damage and scattered debris along 1600 block of Oakridge Road. Minor structural damage to a warehouse and church. Numerous trees down.

12/16/2000 450 pm F2 6 75 0 0 $750,000 SD, SPC

An F2 tornado damaged the main house and several surrounding structures at Abigail Plantation off Old Tallahassee Road, as well as several other homes on Old Dawson and Springhill Roads. Hundreds of plantation trees were uprooted. Downed power poles affected 300 customers in northwest Albany. A few storage buildings were damaged at the Cookville Trailer Park just west of Albany. Reported by the Dougherty County Police and WALB-TV Albany.

9/16/2004 630 am F0 2 75 0 0 $75,000 SD, SPC

A weak tornado touched down just east of Williamsburg. Several homes near Gravel Hill Road sustained minor damage. Highway 133 near Pecan City was closed due to downed trees. Reported by a SKYWARN storm spotter.

3/2/2007 1208 am EF2 5.5 200 0 0 $300,000 SD, SPC

The EF2 tornado continued on its northeast track from northern Mitchell County into southeastern Dougherty County. It ripped carports and roof shingles off several homes on County Line Road and Jenkins Road. It also snapped hundreds off trees before it crossed into western Worth County. Ten homes suffered minor damage and two were heavily damaged.

*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