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Thomas County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
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.

4/22/1921 150 pm F2 4 20 0 0 n/a G

Resembling "black swirling smoke," this tornado moved NE through the business district of Thomasville.

1/25/1933 800 am F2 2 50 2 10 $77,000 G

Moved NE, destroying five small homes in and near Barwick. A person was killed in two of them. Many other homes were unroofed and torn apart.

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.

5/8/1955 500 pm F0 0.2 17 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
3/11/1968 615 am F1 2 30 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
11/11/1979 815 am F2 0.1 50 0 0 $2,500,000 SD, SPC
4/27/1980 430 am F1 3.6 73 0 0 $2,500 SD, SPC
4/3/1982 1215 pm F1 6 70 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/5/1982 450 pm F1 0.5 40 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/11/1995 1210 pm F1 0.1 50 0 1 $50,000 SD, SPC

A brief tornado blew numerous trees down across GA 202 just south of U.S. 84 in Thomasville. One mobile home was totalled and one car was struck by a tree causing injury to the passenger.

9/29/1998 240 pm F1 1.2 65 0 0 $450,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado touched down off Bayline Rd near Coolidge which uprooted trees and utility poles, damaged a camper and brick house, and destroyed the Patch Poultry Farm and its 45,000 chickens.

2/14/2000 1255 am F3 2 300 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

A strong tornado moved from the northeast corner of Grady County into extreme northwestern Thomas County near Meigs. A few homes were damaged with numerous downed trees and power lines. Reported by the Thomas County EMA.

3/15/2001 805 am F0 6 50 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

An F0 tornado touched down along Highway 122 and raced northeast toward Pavo in extreme northwestern Brooks County. The tornado uprooted trees and downed power lines along its intermittent damage path. Reported by a SKYWARN storm spotter.

2/19/2009 1255 am EF2 10.4 400 0 0 $10,000,000 SD, SPC

The tornado crossed from adjacent Grady County into Thomas County along Lower Cairo Road where it caused extensive damage to a pine forest plantation. Three homes on the south side of the tornado's path were damaged, with one home losing part of its roof. A barn and two garages were damaged or destroyed. Along its path toward U.S. Highway 319 and Cindy Road, numerous pine trees were snapped or uprooted and fell on homes. Brookwood School and its grounds sustained significant damage, including a hole in the roof of the main building. The tornado crossed U.S. Highway 319 near Metcalf Road and moved toward the Southwest Georgia State Hospital just south of Pinetree Boulevard. It snapped more pine trees and removed two air conditioning units from the roof of one of the hospital buildings. Another hospital building was heavily damaged. The tornado began to weaken as it approached U.S. Highway 19 south of Glen Arven Country Club, and crossed U.S. Highway 19 just south of Sunset Drive. Damage in this area was limited to power lines and a few trees. Before lifting, the tornado moved across County Farm Road at the Thomas County Landfill, where a storage building was damaged with debris blown several hundred yards. According to the Thomas County Emergency Management Agency, nine mobile homes were destroyed, 29 single family homes were destroyed, and a total of 170 structures were damaged. About 4,200 residents were without power. The Governor declared a state of emergency in Thomas County.

2/19/2009 120 am EF3 1.4 500 0 0 $100,000 SD, SPC

The same supercell which spawned the EF2 tornado near Thomasville produced another tornado, which touched down along Five Forks Road about two miles north of U.S. Highway 84. Numerous trees were snapped or twisted. Many power lines were down and several county roads were impassible due to fallen debris. The tornado was rated an EF3 based on the debarked trees on the east side of Salem Road. The tornado lifted before crossing State Road 33.

*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