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August 1, 2018 Walton County Tornado

A small supercell thunderstorm produced a brief tornado in the northern parts of Social Circle in southern Walton County Wednesday evening. The tornado began near the 1400 block of Social Circle Fairplay Road and traveled east along the road for only 1/3 of a mile, snapping trunks or very large branches of 20 to 30 large pine and oak trees. Six homes were damaged, two of which sustained severe damage as large trees or tree limbs fell onto the homes. No injuries or fatalities were reported. The tornado warning issued at 7:24 PM EDT for this area was successfully communicated to the impacted residents' cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts 2 to 4 minutes before the tornado hit, allowing them to take appropriate shelter.


Damage Path - Walton County
County Rating  # of Injuries KML
Walton EF-1 0
Rating: EF-1
Peak Wind: 100 MPH
Path Length: 0.3 miles
Path Width: 100 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: August 1, 2018
Start Time: 7:32 PM EDT
Start Location: 2.2 miles NE of Social Circle
Start Lat/Lon: 33.6791 / -83.6926
End Date: August 1, 2018
End Time: 7:33 PM EDT
End Location: 2.3 miles NE of Social Circle
End Lat/Lon: 33.6783 / -83.6879

This home sustained major damage when a large tree was blown onto it. This home sustained roof damage in the tornado.

This large tree was snapped.

Reflectivity (7:32 PM EDT) Velocity (7:33 PM EDT)