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Terrell County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
3/27/1882 1000 pm F3 25 800 8 40 n/a G

Moved ENE, passing south of Cuthbert to 4m N of Dawson. This tornado may have been continunous with the next event, and may have killed as many as 15 people. A 1912 newspaper recollection noted 12 deaths in tenant homes on 15 plantations in Terrell County alone. Three people were killed in homes at a lumber mill community, 2m N of Brown's Station.

3/19/1899 300 am F2 n/a 400 1 15 n/a G

This tornado destroyed tenant homes 6m W of Dawson and south of Spring Place.

3/30/1926 900 pm F2 5 200 2 6 $20,000 G

At least two farm hands were killed as a half dozen plantations were hit. The funnel touched down between Dover and Herod and moved ENE, passing 4m S of Dawson. Tenant homes were destroyed and the furniture was scattered for miles.

4/2/1936 530 am F2 5 300 1 15 $75,000 G

Moved NE, passing through Sasser. Tenant homes were leveled SW and NE of town. The death was in a tenant home NE of town. Larger homes were unroofed in Sasser, and debris was scattered all over town.

1/17/1943 510 pm F2 10 50 1 50 $75,000 G

Moved NE from 6m S of Shellman, passing directly through Graves. About half of the town was damaged. The upper section of the high school was destroyed and many homes were unroofed and ripped apart. An elderly woman was killed in a small home outside town.

4/8/1954 100 pm F2 5 300 0 0 $8,000 G

Moved E and ESE, passing 4m SW of Dawson. Two homes were unroofed and many acres of timber were leveled.

12/5/1954 510 pm F2 2.7 200 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved ENE through the "Yeomans" community, 4m N of Dawson. Three farms were hit, and one home was destroyed.

1/20/1963 515 pm F1 n/a n/a 0 0 $2,500,000 G, SD

Skipped ENE from Fort Gaines, passing south of Dawson, north of Leesburg, and ending near Warwick. Fifty buildings were damaged and a grain elevator was destroyed. The worst damage was to farms in Clay County, the only area were a clearly defined funnel was seen. About 20 buildings were destroyed by the combined tornado and downburst winds south of Dawson. About 30 farms in that area reported wind damage.

4/27/1964 900 am F0 1.5 67 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/23/1971 355 pm F3 3 500 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC

Moved NE from near Shellman to 6m E of Parrott. Small homes, barns, sheds, grainaries, and silos were destroyed.

1/11/1972 800 am F1 0.3 50 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
12/31/1973 540 pm F1 0.1 10 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/3/1984 1010 am F1 4 80 0 1 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/21/1990 430 pm F1 1 73 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
4/10/2009 1124 pm EF1 0.6 100 0 0 $300,000 SD, SPC

An EF1 tornado touched down just west of County Line Road. It raced eastward across the road and lifted just before crossing State Road 520. Along its brief path, several mobile homes and barns were destroyed, a few frame homes were damaged, and many trees and power lines were toppled. A woman escaped injury when her mobile home was blown off its foundation.

2/24/2016 1124 pm EF1 5.09 200 0 0 $0 SD

Damage along this path was primarily to pine and pecan trees. A portion of the southern end was a focused area of uprooted and snapped mature pines. Much of the tornado track ran along Bobby Locke Road. This tornado was rated EF1 with max winds estimated around 90 mph.


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