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Fulton County (Southwest Atlanta) EF-1 Tornado

Damage Path - Fulton County
County Rating # of Fatalities/Injuries KML
Fulton EF-1

0 Fatalities / 

TBD (none known) Injuries

 

Rating: EF-1
Peak Wind: 110 mph
Path Length: 5.8 miles
Path Width: 400 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: TBD (none known)
Start Date: May 3, 2021
Start Time: 10:22 AM EDT
Start Location: 3 WSW Sandtown
Start Lat/Lon: 33.6974 / -84.6206
End Date: May 3, 2021
End Time: 10:34 AM EDT
End Location: 2 SE Six Flags Over GA
End Lat/Lon 33.7342 / -84.5312

 

 

 

A tornado touched down over an industrial area of southwest Fulton County, just east of the Chattahoochee River. The tornado intensified rather quickly between Westgate Parkway and Tradewater Parkway, near Fulton Industrial Boulevard. In this area, several large warehouses sustained mainly roof damage where covering/shingles were pulled off. One building had a small part of its northwest-facing metal wall come down. At another warehouse, made mostly of brick and sheet metal, the southwest-facing wall collapsed with more than half of its roof ripped off the foundation. The tornado crossed Fulton Industrial Boulevard near Tradewater Parkway and Riverside Road SW, where additional roof and siding damage was noted to three more large industrial warehouses. Based on the damage noted here plus data from radar, it is estimated with confidence that winds peaked at around 105-110 mph (high-end EF-1 tornado). The tornado continued northeast, moving into more residential areas on either side of Camp Creek Parkway. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along Plummer Road and Reynolds Road SW. Along Boat Rock Road near Binford Place SW, additional large trees (50+) were snapped or uprooted. The tornado likely maintained its EF-1 intensity with peak winds in the 95-105 mph range through this area. Structural damage was confined mostly to houses that had trees fall on them. Before reaching New Hope Road, the tornado snapped or uprooted more trees within a residential area of Guilford Forest Estates. Several homes sustained roof and siding damage, mainly due to falling trees. The tornado continued to weaken as it approached Cascade Road SW just before Burton Trace. Between New Hope Road and the point where the tornado appeared to lift, it was noted that just a few larger tree limbs were snapped.

 

This warehouse on Westgate Parkway sustained damage. The exterior brick walls collapsed at another warehouse on Westgate Parkway.

Much of the roof was removed from this building on Tradewater Parkway. Many large trees were snapped or uprooted along Boat Rock Road, damaging some homes.
 

KFFC Reflectivity (10:23 AM EDT) KFFC base velocity (10:24 AM EDT)
KFFC CC (10:25 AM EDT)