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Early County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
7/6/1916 900 pm F2 n/a n/a 0 0 n/a G

Two small homes were destroyed and a dozen trees were uprooted 4m S of Blakely.

3/23/1929 500 am F2 2 n/a 0 0 n/a G

Moved NE from 3m NNW of Blakely. The tornado unroofed or otherwise damaged a church, several barns, and small houses on three farms.

1/18/1936 1030 pm F2 7 50 0 3 n/a G

Two homes were leveled and scattered for two miles, south of Blakely.

4/8/1938 630 am F2 2 n/a 0 6 n/a G

Moved NE, passing 4m WNW of Blakely. A few small houses were blown apart. There was on serious injury.

2/25/1939 1130 pm F2 12 200 2 8 $12,000 G

Moved ENE from 8m NW of Blakely to just west of Edison. One man was killed in a small home 1m S of Bluffton, as tenant homes were destroyed on three farms.

12/5/1954 230 pm F2 6.4 250 0 2 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved ENE from the north edge of Blakely to Bancroft. One home was destroyed, and five more were damaged at Bancroft. Another possible tornado hit at Lucille.

12/5/1954 530 pm F2 2.7 100 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

A home and two barns were destroyed in a brief touchdown near Lucille. Two other homes were torn apart.

1/30/1956 400 pm F0 0.1 17 0 0 n/a SD, SPC
11/8/1957 920 am F1 16 33 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/23/1961 530 am F2 0.9 33 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/5/1962 1100 pm F1 1 800 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
5/7/1967 900 am F1 13.3 30 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
11/13/1972 900 pm F0 0.5 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
12/29/1973 900 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
1/20/1974 600 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/5/1982 400 pm F2 1 100 0 0 $2,500,000 G, SD, SPC

Hit the southern part of Early County and the SW part of Miller County. There was extensive damage to six homes, a few farm buildings, and irrigation systems. A four-year-old child was hurt by flying glass when her home was destroyed.

10/26/1997 1150 am F1 1 125 0 0 $100,000 SD, SPC

F1 tornado reported near Rowena. One home destroyed and a mobile home lifted off its foundation. Numerous trees down.

12/24/2002 755 am F1 15 150 0 2 $750,000 SD, SPC

The tornado crossed the state line from Henry County Alabama into Early County Georgia. Its damage path extended from the Chattahoochee River northeast through Colomokee on U.S. Highway 27. The tornado destroyed one mobile home and damaged thirty others. Two persons were injured when their mobile home collapsed on them. Numerous trees and power lines were down. A state of emergency was declared. Reported by GEMA.

6/30/2003 700 pm F1 2 75 0 0 $125,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down near Highway 62, just west of Blakely. The tornado lifted a mobile home off its foundation, destroyed a barn, damaged several homes and uprooted numerous trees. Reported by the Early County Deputy Sheriff.

9/15/2004 340 pm F1 1 50 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down briefly which downed trees and power lines. Reported by the Early County EMA.

9/15/2004 355 pm F0 1 50 0 1 $20,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down near the county jail in Blakely and caused minor damage. Scattered trees and power lines were down. Reported by a HAM radio operator.

9/15/2004 416 pm F0 2 50 0 0 $15,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down near Highway 45 just north of Miller County. It caused minor damage to a few homes, and knocked down trees and power lines. Reported by the Early County EMA.

1/13/2005 558 pm F1 3 100 2 5 $250,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just north of County Road 114 and destroyed several small structures near a goat farm before it crossed Wood Valley Road. The tornado continued on a northerly track over open fields and wooded areas before damaging a brick house. Its roof was peeled off and thrown 75 yards. Three vehicles in the yard were destroyed. The tornado crossed Blakely Road and severely damaged a large double wide trailer. Its two occupants suffered minor injuries when the trailer was blown off its foundation. Before reaching the Early-Calhoun County line, the tornado carried a small double wide trailer 35 feet before impacting the ground and disintegrating. Of the five people inside, two were killed and three injured. The ground assessment was conducted by the WFO Tallahassee MIC and a SKYWARN storm spotter. The aerial assessment was conducted by the Georgia State Patrol. M70MH, F62MH

12/15/2007 555 pm EF0 3.8 75 0 0 $30,000 SD, SPC

A weak tornado touched down near the intersection of County Road 3 and Freeman Road where a house's metal addition was destroyed along with a few uprooted trees. The tornado lifted briefly, then touched down again just south of State Road 39 and destroyed an old shed store. The debris was strewn across the road as the tornado traveled northeast. Before the tornado dissipated, it damaged a mobile home.

3/23/2012 220 pm EF0 3.55 25 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

Law enforcement observed this tornado. This tornado tracked across a rural area of Early county just south of Kolomoki Mounds State Park. Only minor damage was reported in the form of trees down and minor roof damage to a couple of structures. The damage was consistent with an EF0 tornado with winds around 80 mph. Monetary damage was estimated.

4/19/2015 1015 am EF1 15.06 500 0 0 $50,000 SD

This is a continuation of the long track tornado that started in Jackson county, FL and moved through Houston county, AL and into Early county, GA. For the Early county, GA portion of the track, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along its path. Some damage to structures occurred, mainly with roofing material removed. The damage width reached its maximum extent south of Blakely where the tornado was estimated to be around 500 yards wide. Significant tree damage was noted about 2 miles south of Blakely just before the tornado started to lift. Debris from this area was blown east of Highway 27, but the tornado itself did not cross the highway. This section of the track was rated EF1 with winds around 105 mph. While this is certainly not one of the stronger tornadoes to affect the WFO Tallahassee forecast area in recent years , this tornado is noteworthy for having a 39 mile long damage path occurring across three states.

2/24/2016 1207 am EF1 2.24 350 0 0 $0 SD

This tornado began around Grimsley Road with tree damage noted in surrounding fields and along the road. It then moved northeast, crossing State Highway 39 to the northwest of Blakely. The most significant damage was noted in a grove of trees off Cotton Patch Road , with numerous mature, healthy trees snapped or uprooted. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated around 105 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, 1950-2016: Storm Data. National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
SPC - Storm Prediction Center Database