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Lowndes County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
3/12/1935 115 pm F2 5 50 0 0 n/a G

Moved NE, hitting the county prison camp SW of Valdosta. The warden's home was shifted, and barns were destroyed. A home was unroofed at the north edge of Valdosta.

1/30/1947 550 pm F2 10 100 0 0 $10,000 G

Moved erractically to the ENE, along the north edge of Valdosta. A few barns and smaller buildings were destroyed.

6/4/1956 715 pm F1 3.3 77 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
2/4/1959 350 pm F1 8 200 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved NE from 2m W of Moody Air Force Base into NW Lanier County. There was damage to homes and barns, 2m N of the base. Some homes were unroofed.

8/24/1960 420 pm F0 2 200 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
12/18/1961 830 am F2 0.5 37 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
7/8/1966 335 pm F2 3.3 300 0 1 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/22/1967 1230 pm F2 0.5 500 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved E on the south side of Valdosta. The farmers' market was torn apart. A livestock sale barn, three tobacco warehouses, a tire company, and several homes were damaged.

12/3/1968 1030 am F2 0.1 27 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
2/8/1971 745 am F1 0.5 100 0 2 $25,000 SD, SPC
6/27/1972 400 pm F0 0.5 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/30/1974 530 am F1 0.5 60 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
6/23/1977 530 pm F1 1 100 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/16/1983 1015 am F1 0.3 150 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/25/1988 915 am F1 16 50 0 0 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
11/1/1997 930 pm F1 3.5 150 0 0 $350,000 SD, SPC

F1 tornado skipped across U.S. Highway 84 in the Rocky Ford Road/Troupville Highway area just west of Valdosta. Two rugged steel radio towers (300 and 500 feet tall) were lifted off the ground and destroyed two miles west of Interstate 75. Numerous trees and power poles were snapped. Approximately 35 homes and businesses sustained damage in Valdosta. Several mobile homes were heavily damaged. One mobile home was blown 30 feet onto a vehicle.

9/5/2004 315 pm F0 0.2 50 0 0 $5,000 SD, SPC

A weak tornado briefly touched down and uprooted several trees. One tree was hurled into a garage. Reported by the public.

3/2/2007 255 am EF0 2 50 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

An EF0 tornado touched down near the RV park outside Lake Park. Numerous trees were snapped around the RV park with some minor structural damage observed.

3/3/2012 1256 pm EF2 4.13 390 0 0 $350,000 SD, SPC

An NWS Storm Survey confirmed that an EF2 tornado occurred in Lowndes county, then moved into Lanier county where it strengthened into an EF3 with maximum winds around 140 mph. The path width was estimated to be around 390 yards wide with a path length in Lowndes county of slightly over 4 miles long. In Lowndes county, the tornado likely initially developed along Cat Creek Road. Several reports were received of funnels from this location while the event was ongoing. There was a house near Cat Creek Road that had uprooted trees on the property with one or two impacting the house. Trees were generally blown down to the northeast, although a street sign was bent to the ground facing to the northwest. A few trees were also blown down along a tree line across the road. At that point, the tornado entered a more heavily forested area with no access roads. However, an aerial flyover by emergency management confirmed sporadic tree damage and a continuous damage path in that area. After the tornado cleared this forested area, the damage path began to widen and the tornado damage increased in intensity. Along Arapaho Trail, about a half mile south of Highway 122, the first instance of EF2 damage occurred as a mobile home was completely destroyed with debris blown downstream, mainly into fencing on the property. Also in this location, a shed was completely destroyed, a camper was flipped, part of the roof of a house was removed, and a silo was destroyed with the debris found resting on the opposite side of the house from where it started. Debris from locations along Arapaho Trail were found well downstream, in some cases at least one third of a mile. Along the next cross street - Peters Road - mostly EF1 damage was observed with snapped and uprooted trees and some broken windows in houses. The survey team found a tree sitting on the ground with a root ball at the end, but could not locate the hole or source of the tree within at least several hundred yards. Along Peters Road gouges were observed in the ground as some debris began to impact the ground. As the tornado crossed Bemiss Road (Highway 125) near "Walkers Crossing", the damage path began to reach its widest phase. The maximum width of the tornado was estimated to be around 390 yards or 0.22 miles based on the damage survey. Additional EF2 damage was observed on both sides of the road with wooden power poles snapped, hardwood trees snapped or uprooted, and several homes damaged. A second abandoned home was pushed six feet off the concrete foundation. Maximum winds along this part of Bemiss Road were estimated to be around 125 mph based on damage. Also near these homes, there were deep gouges in the ground, including this one that was close to 1 foot deep and 6 feet long. Large debris also continued to be found along the damage path, including strips of metal that were twisted around damaged trees. The tornado then continued east-northeast, crossing Highway 122 near Barber Road into Lanier county. The Lowndes county emergency manager estimated property damage for Lowndes county at around $250,000 with an additional $100,000 in crop damage from fallen pecan trees.

12/23/2014 158 pm EF0 0.10 25 0 0 $0 SD

A fire department reported a brief tornado touchdown in a field about 2.7 miles SE of Kinderlou. No structural damage occurred. There was a small but visible tornadic debris signature on KVAX dual-pol radar as well. The tornado was rated EF0. 

12/29/2014 1126 am EF2 0.74 180 0 0 $750,000 SD

The tornado first developed just north of Langdales Pond and Old Clyattville Road on the south side of the city of Valdosta . Some of the most severe damage was near the beginning of the track as the tornado impacted Langdale Forest Products along Old Clyattville Road. Several large metal buildings were severely damaged or destroyed and the damage to those buildings was assigned the EF2 rating that is the maximum for this tornado. Some vehicles parked near those buildings were tossed around 70 yards across the street. Two rail cars nearby were also tipped over. The remainder of the track consisted of EF0 or EF1 damage as the tornado moved east and eventually dissipated near south Patterson Street and Dampier Street. That damage in the remainder of the track was a mixture of damage to buildings, trees, and power lines. Monetary damage was estimated. This was the first tornado to directly affect the city of Valdosta since an F1 rated tornado on November 1, 1997.

*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