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Worth County, GA

Date Time (LST) F/EF-Scale Length (Miles) Maximum Width (Yards) Fatalities Injuries Property Damage Source*
4/23/1883 530 am F4 25 400 8 50 n/a G

Moved ENE from NE Baker County, passing 8m S of Albany, to just east of Isabella. The eight deaths were on three plantations near Hardaway Station. Both tenant homes and main homes were destroyed. The destruction of a large main plantation home was a rare occurrence. Three people died in the new plantation home of a retired sea-captain who had just moved from Massachusetts.

4/14/1889 500 pm F2 12 70 0 0 n/a G

Moved NE from 8m NE of Albany, passing 3m SE of Oakfield. Two substantial homes were destroyed near the start of the path and "soil was swept as if by a giant scraper."

4/25/1908 600 am F2 n/a 100 0 4 n/a G

This tornado destroyed barns and badly damaged or destroyed several homes near Poulan.

3/31/1921 230 pm F2 n/a n/a 0 2 n/a G

This tornado struck 3m SW of Oakfield. Several small homes and barns were destroyed.

4/23/1928 300 am F2 2 100 0 0 $100,000 G

Moving NE, a tornado dipped into the business district at Sylvester. Scores of trees were downed, brick buildings collapsed, and many homes were unroofed.

1/28/1952 730 am F2 1 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/31/1961 1000 am F1 1 400 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
4/3/1961 700 pm F2 24 33 0 0 $25,000 SD
12/25/1964 330 pm F2 5 300 0 3 $250,000 SD, SPC
5/16/1966 1150 pm F2 1 400 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved SE in Parkerville. A home and barn were destroyed.

11/11/1968 400 am F3 2 100 0 0 $25,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved E near Doerun. A home was torn from a foundation and moved 50 yards, intact, but heavily damaged. A pickup truck was carried about 100 yards into a field.

2/8/1973 730 pm F2 2 500 0 5 $250,000 G, SD, SPC

Moved E from Red Rock and Antioch. Three trailers and two homes were demolished. Two people were carried through the air for 50 yards as their trailer disintegrated. A grocery store, a church, and another trailer were heavily damaged. Farm buildings were blown away, and trees were uprooted.

4/8/1974 645 pm F1 n/a 250 0 0 $250,000 G, SD

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.

8/1/1974 400 pm F1 0.1 17 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
1/12/1975 305 pm F2 34 100 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/8/1978 1010 pm F1 2 77 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
5/16/1983 720 am F1 15 150 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
3/5/1984 435 pm F1 2 50 0 0 $250,000 SD
5/21/1990 200 pm F1 3 300 0 0 $250,000 SD, SPC
1/30/1991 1220 pm F1 0.1 60 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/3/1991 215 pm F0 0.1 20 0 0 $25,000 SD, SPC
11/24/1992 1125 am F1 11 73 0 9 $25,000 SD, SPC
3/6/1996 1102 am F2 10 200 0 0 $6,000,000 SD, SPC

A tornado began near Oak Glenn and moved east across Worth County to Shingler. Several mobile homes were destroyed along with several tractor trailers. At least four large grain bins were demolished along with other farm buildings and equipment. Damage to timber was also significant.

9/29/1998 400 pm F1 2 85 0 0 $300,000 SD, SPC

An F1 tornado briefly touched down on GA 520 between Poulan and Ty Ty. It skipped over and descended on the 850-acre Boy Scout Camp Osborn outside Isabella causing extensive damage to the dining hall and pool facilities. The tornado uprooted more than 1,000 trees.

6/4/1999 737 pm F0 0.5 50 0 0 $2,000 SD, SPC

Tornado sighted by Poulan fire squad toppled numerous trees off State Road 256.

3/20/2003 525 am F2 6 400 2 0 $750,000 SD, SPC

The F2 tornado traveled northeast from northeastern Mitchell County into southwestern Worth County. It damaged a few dozen homes and destroyed several others. Two persons were killed when their mobile home was destroyed. Numerous trees and power lines were down. A state of emergency was declared for Worth County. Reported by the Worth County EMA and CAP/NWS aerial survey team. F77MH, M50MH

12/5/2005 1145 am F1 1 75 0 2 $750,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down just southwest of downtown Sylvester, and moved east along Kelly Street where most of the damage occurred. Nineteen businesses, two houses, three county buildings, and two non-profit organizations were damaged. Two people were slightly injured by flying glass. A half dozen power poles were snapped at the intersection of Livingston and West Streets. Numerous trees were toppled. Several vehicles were damaged. Damage survey was provided by the NWS Tallahassee WCM, with additional reports by the Worth County EMA.

12/28/2005 450 pm F0 0.2 25 0 0 n/a SD, SPC

The Worth County Sheriff reported a brief touchdown of a tornado near Highway 112 in Gordy. No damage was observed.

12/28/2005 500 pm F0 0.2 30 0 0 $10,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down briefly and caused minor damage to a few unoccupied dwellings near Sylvester. Reported by Worth County 911.

3/2/2007 1212 am EF2 2 200 0 0 $180,000 SD, SPC

The EF2 tornado moved into western Worth County from southeastern Dougherty County. It uprooted trees and damaged several mobile homes north of Bridgeboro before lifting.

3/2/2007 1220 am EF2 4.5 150 0 2 $280,000 SD, SPC

This tornado, rated EF2, was spawned from the same supercell thunderstorm that produced the earlier tornado in Worth County. It touched down near McCarty Road. A brick frame house sustained severe roof damage with a couple of exterior walls collapsing. Two vehicles parked outside were carried into a nearby field. Large oak trees were uprooted, with one falling on a house. One mobile home was flipped over and rolled into a nearby tree. The tornado then moved northeast into a forest and uprooted hundreds of pines. It flattened a house, causing two minor injuries, before lifting just west of State Highway 33.

3/2/2007 1230 am EF2 2.9 200 0 0 $500,000 SD, SPC

An EF2 tornado touched down on Sumner Lakes Road just south of Sumner. One mobile home was completely destroyed, with the debris blown several hundred yards away. The four occupants inside received warning of the approaching tornado and promptly vacated the home for a reinforced shelter. Of the two dozen structures that were damaged, half were heavily damaged. Numerous utility poles and trees in the path of the tornado were snapped.

4/15/2007 223 am EF1 6.6 200 0 0 $30,000 SD, SPC

A tornado touched down south of Warwick and traveled northeast. Along its path, numerous downed trees and power lines blocked several roads including State Road 313. Also, a home and several silos were damaged. The tornado then crossed from northern Worth County into southwestern Crisp County (see Storm Data for Georgia, Central, for more information).

12/15/2007 903 pm EF0 3.9 75 0 0 $750,000 SD, SPC

A weak tornado touched down just north of U.S. Highway 82, then raced northeast through the Isabella community. Along its path, the tornado damaged 29 homes and overturned several irrigation pivots. One peanut warehouse was damaged.

6/14/2009 750 pm EF0 0.2 50 0 0 $35,000 SD, SPC

A brief EF0 tornado damaged the roofs of three mobile homes along Bridgeboro Anderson City Road.

*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