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Mitchell County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
3/27/1885 345 pm F2 10 200 0 2 n/a G

Five homes were unroofed or torn apart south of Newton.

4/22/1898 900 am F2 4 75 0 2 n/a G

At least one home was destroyed 2m N of Camilla.

5/1/1909 400 am F2 5 150 1 5 $40,000 G

Moved ENE along the edge of Meigs. Small homes were destroyed. A fertilizer plant was torn apart and accounted for most of the damage.

1/27/1952 700 am F2 2 350 0 0 $250,000 G, SD

Moved NE, striking Sale City and passing through Poplar Arbor. Six homes, a church, and 12 barns were destroyed. Many farm animals were killed in the barns.

5/7/1960 830 pm F2 1 33 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved N along the west edge of Baconton. One home was unroofed. Other homes were damaged, and trees were uprooted.

3/26/1963 315 pm F1 1.5 200 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/6/1963 500 pm F2 0.8 37 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved E, hitting 1m W of Pelham. Several small homes were destroyed or damaged heavily.

6/17/1968 730 pm F0 1 37 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/30/1971 730 am F1 1 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/13/1972 500 am F2 1 150 0 2 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved ENE from 4m SW of Pelham. Two small homes were totally demolished. A mother and two children were carried aboit 200 yards and dropped, reportedly unhurt. Two occupants of the second home suffered minor injuries. Tobacco barns and other farm buildings were destroyed, and other homes were damaged.

3/2/1972 200 pm F1 1 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/8/1972 335 pm F0 0.5 50 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
4/8/1974 615 pm F1 5 250 1 3 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Skipped E from near Lester, where one woman was killed in a mobile home. The next significant damage was at Alapaha, where the police station was destroyed.

1/12/1975 200 pm F2 34 100 0 15 $2,500,000 G, SD, SPC

Skipped NE from near Reynoldsville, Yates Springs, and ending NE of Camilla. Buildings were destroyed at the Bainbridge Industrial 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.

3/16/1976 1100 am F1 1 50 0 0 $300 SD, SPC
3/5/1984 425 pm F1 7 50 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
6/8/1989 750 pm F1 1 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
9/29/1998 505 am F1 3 60 0 1 $500,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado struck Camilla on Mt. Zion Rd and GA Highway 37 uprooting large pines, damaging a residence and farm machinery, and destroying a shed. A man was injured when his pickup truck was blown off GA Highway 262. The tornado toppled numerous pecan trees as it travelled north of Camilla along U.S. Highway 19.

2/13/2000 1142 pm F3 9.2 300 11 175 $20,000,000 SD, SPC

A strong tornado tore through two major subdivisions and four mobile home parks just south of Camilla after touching down just east of Branchville. Damage assessments from the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency reported 200 homes destroyed and 250 homes damaged. Two miles south of Camilla on GA Highway 112, a large trailer manufacturing plant was destroyed. Eleven fatalities were confirmed by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, all of which resided in mobile homes. Approximately 175 persons were injured. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army opened several shelters for the homeless. Hundreds of acres of pecan trees were uprooted, pine trees snapped, and power lines toppled. Numerous irrigation systems were damaged. Property damage estimates totalled $20 million with crop losses estimated at $2 million. Mitchell County was declared a federal disaster area. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA. F55MH, F18MH, F50MH, M17MH, M47MH, F40MH, F33MH, F17MH, F25MH, F51MH, F51MH

2/14/2000 1257 am F3 5 300 1 1 $1,000,000 SD, SPC

A strong tornado tracked northeast from extreme northwestern Thomas County into extreme southeastern Mitchell County. Numerous homes were damaged as well as downed trees and power lines. One man died from injuries sustained when the tornado destroyed his mobile home and neighboring woodframe home two miles north of Meigs. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA. M73MH

10/29/2002 404 pm F0 0.1 50 0 0 $90,000 SD, SPC

A small tornado briefly touched down and destroyed a warehouse. Several trees and power lines were toppled. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA.

2/16/2003 826 am F1 2 150 0 0 $350,000 SD, SPC

The tornado which initially touched down just south of the Grady-Mitchell County line, continued northeast, and lifted just north of County Road 262. The worst damage occurred from Wade Road to County Road 262. It destroyed three mobile homes and severely damaged three frame homes. Several mobile homes and a few frame homes sustained minor damage. The tornado toppled numerous trees and some power lines. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA.

3/20/2003 505 am F3 19 600 4 200 $6,000,000 SD, SPC

An F2 tornado touched down near Branchville, and traveled northeast. Its path was similar to the February 14, 2000 tornado. The tornado intensified to F3 as it passed just south of Camilla, then weakened as it neared the Mitchell-Worth County line. The tornado destroyed 66 homes, and damaged 200 homes and businesses. Numerous trees and power lines were down. At least three dozen roads were closed by debris. The tornado claimed four lives and injured 200. The hardest hit area was in the Goodson Road area of Camilla. A state of emergency was declared for Mitchell County. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA and CAP/NWS aerial survey team. M1MH, M8MH, F40MH, M42MH

3/22/2005 301 pm F1 4 100 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down on Mount Zion Road and damaged a brick home. Another dozen homes were damaged. As it traveled northeast, it damaged two irrigation pivots, tossed hay bales 200 feet across Highway 93 and uprooted many trees. The tornado then moved across open fields before crossing into Colquitt County. The storm survey was conducted by a SKYWARN storm spotter.

12/28/2005 520 pm F0 0.2 25 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

The Mitchell County Sheriff reported a brief tornado touchdown near U.S. Highway 19. No damage was observed.

3/2/2007 1200 am EF2 8.2 200 0 0 $2,250,000 SD, SPC

The EF2 tornado moved northeast from Baker County into Mitchell County just west of Baconton. GEMA and FEMA assessed 26 minor damaged homes, 25 major damaged homes, and two destroyed homes. Thirteen businesses sustained minor losses. Most of the damage occurred just north of Baconton on Gravel Hill Road in the Pleasant Grove community. Over 200 acres of pecan trees were uprooted. The tornado flipped over a semi on U.S. Highway 19 about four miles north of Baconton then crossed into southeastern Dougherty County. A state of emergency was declared by the Governor.

*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