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Lumpkin County EF-0 Tornado

Damage Path - Lumpkin County
County Rating # of Fatalities/Injuries KML
Lumpkin EF-0

0 Fatalities / 

0 Injuries


Rating: EF-0
Peak Wind: 85 mph
Path Length: 4.8 miles
Path Width: 350 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start Date: May 4, 2021
Start Time: 1:21 PM EDT 
Start Location: 3 ENE Auraria
Start Lat/Lon: 34.4797 / -83.9624
End Date: May 4, 2021
End Time: 1:32 PM EDT
End Location: 3 SE Garland
End Lat/Lon: 34.4785 / -83.8799




A tornado associated with a quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) affected the far southeast portion of Lumpkin County, Georgia during the early afternoon of Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The majority of the damage along the 4.8 mile track was trees snapped and uprooted. Minor structural damage was noted to a few houses and sheds where shingles and/or siding was pulled off due to the intense wind. Based on the ground survey conducted by NWS and Lumpkin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the tornado touched down around Long Branch Road (115) and Robinson Road where several trees were snapped. The tornado continued east, snapping and uprooting additional large pines along Red Oak Flats Road. The Tornado then tracked over mainly rural terrain for about a mile before additional damage was seen along Pony Lake Road near Old Leathers Ford Road. More concentrated tree damage was then seen along Meeks Road and Old Dahlonega Highway where a number of larger trees were snapped or uprooted around several residential properties. Between Meeks Road and Pecks Road, the tornado appeared to maximize its wind intensity around 85 mph (high-end EF-0). Just off Pecks Road near Brewer Drive, numerous medium to large trees were uprooted (winds likely enhanced by ridgetop). As Pecks Road turns into Parks Road, additional trees snapped or uprooted around a residence. Just beyond this point, very little if any damage occurred from Claude Parks Road to the Hall County line. The tornado likely weakened and lifted near the Claude Parks Road area.


A large number of trees were snapped or uprooted in the tornado. Some homes received minor exterior damage.

KFFC Reflectivity (1:23 PM EDT)