National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
January 12, 2023 Tornado Outbreak
 
Confirmed Tornado Tracks
(Scroll Down to Read Individual Survey Information)
 Confirmed Tornado Track Map (not including Cobb & Warren tracks)
 
Cobb and Warren Track Map
 
Detailed Survey Information for Each Confirmed Tornado:
Chronologically Organized
 
(1) NW Troup (6) SW Spalding (11) Wilcox 1
(2) Cobb  (7) Warren/McDuffie (12) Wilcox 2
(3) Troup (LaGrange) (8) Spalding/Butts/Newton/Jasper  
(4) Meriwether/Pike/Spalding (9) Butts  
(5) Pike/Spalding/Henry (10) Butts/Newton  
(1)..Standing Rock Tornado (NW Troup County)... 

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length /statute/:  20.9 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1600 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             03:08 PM EST
Start Location:         1 WSW White Plains / Chambers County / AL
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9871 / -85.4131

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               03:24 PM EST
End Location:           1 SW Wares Crossroads / Troup County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.0972 / -85.0874

Survey Summary:
NWS meteorologists have surveyed damage in northeastern Chambers
County and determined it was consistent with an EF2 tornado. The
start point was a bit uncertain due to sporadic timber damage
around Five Points, but appears to be near County Road 114 west of
Highway 431 to the southwest of Five Points. Northeast of Five
Points, the tornado intensified, snapping and uprooting many trees
along County Road 267 and causing roof damage to a barn. The
swath of timber damage became almost a mile wide along County
Roads 281 and 282 and at least one residence there suffered roof
damage. The tornado continued to intensify as it crossed County
Road 268 where large swaths of pine trees were snapped. A
manufactured home was completely destroyed and blown downstream
near County Road 278; thankfully the family was not home at the
time. Most of the structural damage happened along County Road
284. A couple residences suffered significant shingle damage, one
had siding damage, and a manufactured home had its porch ripped
off, impacting its walls. Another manufactured building was blown
off its footings. Another significant swath of snapped pines was
observed on County Road 283, some snapped off only a couple feet
off the ground. The tornado then crossed into Georgia, continuing
to snap trees along West Point Lake.

Numerous trees were snapped along the end of North State Line Rd
as the tornado crossed the lake. The tornado began to weaken some
as it made its way into Deer Point Rd and Rock Mills Road where
tree damage and some damage to shingles and gutters occurred for a
few homes. The tornado continued east through mostly wooded
areas, doing damage to pines and crossing just north of a few
homes along Neely Rd. Weakening continued as it continued NE with
only minor tree damage occurring before the tornado dissipated
along Cameron Mill Rd.

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(2)..Cobb County Tornado... 

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length /statute/:  1.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             03:30 PM EST
Start Location:         2 NNE Sweetwater Creek State Park / Douglas County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.7830 / -84.6071

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               03:33 PM EST
End Location:           2 WNW Six Flags Over Georgia / Cobb County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.7867 / -84.5823

Survey Summary:
As a line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved through the
west Atlanta metropolitan area and into southwest Cobb county, a
brief tornado spun up near the intersection of Oak Ridge Rd and
Oak Ridge Pkwy SW, which is about a half-mile to the north of I-
20. The tornado immediately caused damage to the 18 Wheeler Truck
Parts & Chrome building, causing a portion of an exterior wall to
collapse. A door was open on the back side of the building,
providing a failure point as tornado winds entered the building.
The tornado moved northeastward across Ivy Pointe Row SW and Ivy
Log Dr SW, where several large and tall trees were snapped and
caused damage to roofs and walls of homes. The tornado then
turned east-northeast, bringing down additional trees onto Ivy
Log Dr SW, Maple Log Pl SW, and Poplar Log Pl SW. Two homes on
Poplar Log Pl SW sustained major damage as large trees fell on
the home, removing portions of the roof and walls, which were
then tossed by the tornado winds. The tornado then turned east-
southeastward, uprooting several trees on Hembree Ln SW and Blair
Bridge Rd SW, once again falling on homes and causing structural
damage. The tornado continued onto William Rd, snapping and
uprooting about a dozen trees before finally lifting and
dissipating over Myra Ln SW. No other notable damage was observed
beyond this point. There were locations along the track over
which it appears the tornado lifted just enough to bring taller,
larger trees down onto homes, but leave objects on the ground
mostly undisturbed. Maximum winds based on damage is estimated to
be 110 mph which equates to an EF1 rating.

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(3)..Troup County (LaGrange) Tornado... 

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length /statute/:  12.3 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1060 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               4

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             03:34 PM EST
Start Location:         3 NE Cannonville / Troup County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.9927 / -85.0735

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               03:47 PM EST
End Location:           1 ENE Mountville / Troup County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.0428 / -84.8720

Survey Summary:
Re-cycling from a parent supercell tracking from Chambers County
(Alabama) into Troup County (Georgia), this tornado touched down
just south of Callaway Airport, snapping several trees along
Pegasus Pkwy. Damage quickly picked up just to the northeast
approaching Whitesville Road (just north of I-85) where several
one-story metal buildings had significant roof damage, along with
their garage doors and windows blown in. Numerous trees in this
area were either snapped or uprooted. Several power poles along
Orchard Hill Road were broken off near the top. Maximum winds in
this area were determined to be in the 90-100 mph range (EF-1).As
the tornado continued northeast, a large warehouse building at
the Vaughan Xpress transportation facility sustained significant
damage. About 1/4 of the large warehouse was completely destroyed
with several metal bolt anchors stretched or ripped up out of the
concrete pad. Winds were estimated between 110-120 mph at this
time and as it crossed I-85, a large number of trees were snapped
(some near the base) or uprooted. Widespread significant damage
by this strong tornado continued across the Baldwin Park
community. In this location, more than 30 homes had significant
damage; one and two-story homes lost major parts of the roof and
upper level floors along with at least partial-collapse of
exterior walls. Debris was thrown for hundreds of yards. Winds in
this area likely maxed out around 120 mph, making this an EF-
2 tornado. The tornado continued east-northeast, cutting down
trees across Upper Big Springs Road, I-185, and Stewart Road
(east of I-185). There`s a fairly rural/wooded area between
Stewart Road and the next road (Parmer road) about 2 miles apart
but damage picked back up along Hwy 109/Greenville Road (mostly
trees snapped/uprooted). The tornado then ripped through the town
of Mountville, snapping and uprooting multiple medium to large
trees along Trippe and College streets. A couple more trees were
uprooted along Wood Road, but little to no damage was seen beyond
this area. Seeing this and what was on radar, this fairly long-
track tornado finally lifted just before the Meriwether County
line.

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(4)..Meriwether/Northwest Pike/Southwest Spalding Tornado...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph
Path Length /statute/:  27.6 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1500 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             03:45 PM EST
Start Location:         2 ENE Mountville / Meriwether County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0517 / -84.8527

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               04:17 PM EST
End Location:           3 SW Zetella / Spalding County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.2147 / -84.4300

Survey Summary:
As the Troup County tornado lifted southeast of LaGrange just
west of the Troup-Meriwether County line, another long-track and
powerful tornado formed just east of the county line near Keith Rd
0.9 miles north of GA109. The tornado initially traveled north
then turned to a east-northeast direction crossing Wilbur Keith Rd
and Piney Woods Rd downing hundreds of trees. The tornado
broadened and intensified as it approached GA100 with a diameter
of 0.9 miles and winds over 100 mph uprooting and snapping over
1000 trees. A home on Forrest Rd had its entire roof blown off
where max winds were estimated at 120 mph and first reached EF- 2
intensity. The tornado continued at 100 to 120 mph intensity as it
continued east-northeast into neighborhoods south of Allie Rd
along Mount Pilgram Rd where several homes were damaged or
destroyed by trees falling on them. One double-wide manufactured
home on Ground Hog Dr had its roof blown off and was shifted 20
yards off its foundation, breaking the home in half.

The tornado continued east-northeast along Allie Rd crossing
US27. Just east of US27 a very large stand of trees were snapped
and a large recently-constructed two-story barn was destroyed.
Just east of this location, two single-wide mobile home completely
destroyed. The residents of one of the homes was at the hospital
when the tornado struck and returned home early next morning to
find it in shambles. Here, maximum winds were also rated at EF- 2
intensity (120 mph). The tornado began to weaken east of this
point and it tracked a bit more northeast in direction, crossing
Rocky Mountain Rd and Malcom Rd before it traveled along Callaway
Rd downing several hundred more trees as it moved near the Alps
community. While the tornado remained weak east of this area, the
overall storm remained extremely strong and the tornado did not
dissipate, continuing east-northeast cross GA362 and paralleling
the Flint River as it crossed into the far SW tip of Spalding
County, crossing Hollonville Rd, and briefly crossing into the
Pike County side of the Flint River. Here winds were only 75- 80
mph downing several trees as far as could be seen from public
roadways. The tornado lifted somewhere east of Blanton Mill Rd
about 0.3 miles north of the Pike-Spalding County line.

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(5)..Pike/Spalding/Henry County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF3
Estimated Peak Wind:    150 mph
Path Length /statute/:  31.9 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   TBD
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               18

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             4:11 PM EST
Start Location:         1 W Hollonville / Pike County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.1643 / -84.4861

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               4:44 PM EST
End Location:           3 SW Fincherville / Henry County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.3740 / -84.0014

Survey Summary:
Per radar data, areal surveys and ground surveys it has been
determined that there were 3 tornadoes on the ground
simultaneously in southwest Spalding and Northwestern Pike
Counties. The tornadoes were part of a larger mesocyclone which
can be traced west all the way back to the Selma Alabama tornado.
This particular tornado would become the dominant circulation
which impacted Griffin and much of Spalding County and Southern
Henry County. The tornado first touched down in Northwest Pike
County along HWY 362 west of Irish Hill Drive where a few trees
were snapped and uprooted and quickly increased in intensity to
EF1 as it crossed Kings Bridge Road, Huff Creek Rd and Scott Road
where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. As the storm
crossed Blanton Mill Road more severe damage was noted both on the
ground and areal survey and it was determined that EF2 damage was
present in the area around Nunnally Rd and Bethany Road where
widespread snapping of trees occurred and a few structures were
severely damaged. The storm continued ENE crossing into Spalding
County southwest of Williamson Road where EF2 damage was noted. As
the storm passed Rover-Zetella Rd it was noted on radar that the
merging of circulations began to occur with the tornado which
formed briefly in SW Spalding county. It was near this point the
tornado and the wind damage was noted as widespread spanning
nearly 2 miles across with very strong inflow winds noted to the
south near Rover Rd and Rover-Zetella Rds. It was at this point
the tornado reached peak intensity of 145-150 mph and several
homes were completely destroyed along Kendall Drive. 2 homes in
particular were noted to be completely destroyed down to the
foundation however further inspection of the homes revealed that
the walls were not anchored fully anchored into the concrete thus
a higher rating could not be determined from those homes. The
resident of one of those homes rode out the storm in his bathtub,
however the bathtub and all plumbing fixtures were torn away from
the slab and tossed into the nearby woods. The survivor of the
home was miraculously uninjured and got out to help neighbors.
Further west along Kendall Drive several homes were also
completely destroyed with several others suffering major damage
thus the EF3 rating. Major to severe damage was also noted along
Maloy Road, Hwy 16, areas around Griffin High School, The club at
Shoal Creek and North Pine Hill Road. As the tornado approached
Hwy 19, per UGA faculty, the UGA facility at Dempsey Farm recorded
a wind speed of 81.1 mph before the anemometer/wind combo
instrument blew off the tower. The tornado continued ENE through
the community of Experiment to the NW of the town of Griffin
crossing HWY 92 where numerous business and homes suffered damage
either from wind or fallen trees consistent with EF0 through EF1
damage. A weather instrument on the south end of the tornado swath
at the UGA Griffin Campus recorded a 73.9 mph wind gust as the
storm passed by. Damage in the area was consistent with EF0 type
wind damage. The tornado struck a Hobby Lobby building in an
around Experiment St and Hwy 92 which suffered severe damage to
the roof, and exterior walls on the northeast side. Damage to the
building was consistent with EF2 winds of approximately 130 mph.
The tornado continued Northeast through the northside of Griffin
with mostly EF0-EF1 type wind damage. Pockets of more severe
damage were noted along Northside Drive and McIntosh Road
consistent with high end EF1 damage. The tornado continued
northeast crossing Smoak Road and N. McDonough road where it was
noted both on the ground and from the air that the circulation
weakened and the damage become more sporadic in nature
particularly the area from Amelia rd eastward to I75 in southern
Henry County. Once the circulation crossed I75 intensity of the
tornado increased to a mid to high end E1 with damage in the city
of Locust Grove. The tornado crossed LG Griffin Road where it
impacted numerous homes in a subdivision and snapped or uprooted
trees. The storm crossed Stanley K Tanger Road and through another
neighborhood affecting several homes including some high end EF1
damage. As the storm crossed Hwy 23 numerous trees were snapped or
uprooted and a new TDS appeared on radar. The tornado continued
NE across Jackson St, Grove Park Drive, Skyland Dr, S. Unity Grove
Road and S Ola grove road snapping and uprooting trees as well as
causing EF0 or in some cases EF1 damage to homes. The storm
continued ENE snapping and uprooting trees through Peaksville Road
where it shortly there after become less defined and eventually
merged with the circulation/tornado ongoing to the south in the
Jenkinsburg area. According to Spalding County officials,
approximately 1465 homes were affected in the city of Griffin and
754 were affected in the county with at least 250+ suffering major
damage or destroyed with assessments still ongoing. Additional
numbers from Pike and Henry county will be added to the total when
assessments are completed. Additional data will be examined to
determine the maximum width of the tornado. As mentioned in the
summary, the damage area west of Griffin is approximately 2 miles
wide, however, areal survey confirms a wide area of EF0 and EF1
inflow wind damage from the south thus determining a max width
will take more examination of the data.

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(6)..Southwest Spalding County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.7 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             04:19 PM EST
Start Location:         3 SSW Zetella / Spalding County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.2089 / -84.4154

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               04:22 PM EST
End Location:           1 E Zetella / Spalding County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.2346 / -84.3602

Survey Summary:
Per both radar data, areal surveys and ground surveys it has been
determined that there were 3 tornadoes on the ground simultaneously
in southwest Spalding and Northwestern Pike Counties. The
tornadoes were part of a larger mesocyclone which can be traced
west all the way back to the Selma Alabama tornado. This
particular tornado briefly spun up near the Pike and Spalding
county line just west of Scott Branch Road per both radar
confirmed Tornado Debris Signature (TDS) and ground truth with
snapped or uprooted trees in that area. This tornado continued
East North east crossing Yarborough Mill Road snapping and
uprooting trees before crossing near the intersection of Blanton-
Mill Rd and Rover-Zetella Road where trees were snapped and
uprooted. As the tornado tracked east it became absorbed into the
circulation that was simultaneously tracking NE out of northern
Pike County just to the west of the Kendall Drive area. It was as
this tornado and the other circulation came together the overall
intensity peaked over and to the Northeast of the Kendall Drive
area along Hwy 16 west of Griffin which ultimately became the
longer track tornado which tracked through Griffin. This tornado
track will end in the approximate area where it came together with
the other circulation.

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(7)..Warren/McDuffie County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length /statute/:  16.4 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             04:15 PM EST
Start Location:         Mayfield / Warren County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.3622 / -82.8032

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               04:39 PM EST
End Location:           2 NNE Mesena / McDuffie County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.4897 / -82.565

Survey Summary:
A National Weather Service survey team confirmed an EF-1 tornado
with peak winds of 110 mph that tracked from the border of Warren
and Hancock county traveling just to the north and west of
Warrenton. The tornado passed to the south of Camak in eastern
Warren County and to the west of Thomson in western McDuffie
County. The total tornado path was 16.42 miles, with about 14.40
miles in Warren County and 2.02 miles in McDuffie County. The
tornado started near the intersection of Mayfield Rd and Riverview
Farms Rd. It tracked ENE uprooting trees and picked up strength as
it approached Atlanta HWY where a grove of large pines were
snapped or uprooted with EF-1 intensity. The tornado crossed Old
Camek Rd near the intersection of Lithonia Church Rd snapping and
uprooting a number of large pine trees before causing minor
structural damage as it approached the intersection of Washington
HWY and Calvin Dr. The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Aviation
Division used a helicopter to pick up the trail near Camak, just
east of Church Street, and moved toward the northeast. EF-0 damage
to trees was seen from the helicopter extending from Camak Rd to
the intersection of Wire Road and Otis Jones Road. A second NWS
survey team determined the tornado strengthened again to EF-1
intensity as it approached Mesena Road and continued northeast
across the county line to Foster Sprouse Road. In this area, a
couple of homes had roof and fascia damage, a metal work shed and
outdoor kitchen were destroyed, and a swath of large and healthy
pine trees were snapped and uprooted. As the tornado crossed
Foster Sprouse Road, it continued to snap and uproot trees, one of
which fell on a house. The tornado then weakened as it crossed
Union Church Road and dissipated before reaching West Bypass.

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(8)..Spalding/Butts/Newton/Jasper Tornado...

Rating:                 EF2
Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph
Path Length /statute/:  31.98 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   1400 yards
Fatalities:             2
Injuries:               10

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             04:27 PM EST
Start Location:         3 N Orchard Hill / Spalding County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.2252 / -84.2021

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               05:01 PM EST
End Location:           4 S Mansfield / Jasper County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.464 / -83.7343

Survey Summary:
Radar data, areal surveys and ground surveys confirm that a long
track EF2 tornado occurred beginning a few miles east of Griffin
GA through Butts, Newton and into Jasper counties. The tornado
was part of a larger mesocyclone which can be traced west all the
way back to the Selma Alabama tornado which spawned numerous
tornadoes during its lifecycle.  This particular tornado first
touched down in an area around Crouch road and Wild Plum Road
snapping and uprooting trees.  The tornado struck a Rinnai
building causing damage to the roof, windows and outside walls.
The tornado continued northeast snapping and uprooting trees
quickly intensifying as it crossed hwy 19 becoming and EF2.
Widespread tree damage was noted along S. McDonough Road and
Walnut Grove Road north of Hwy 16.  A well built home sustained
significant roof and structure damage consistent with high end
EF2 winds.  The tornado continued northeast crossing High Falls
Road, N. Walkers Mill Road, Yamacraw road snapping and uprooting
trees consistent with EF1 damage.  As the tornado continued
northeast, it became the dominant circulation within the larger
mesocyclone as the previous Griffin tornado began to occlude
within the large circulation.  The tornado crossed Jackson road
and paralleled Jenkinsburg road before crossing I75 near
Jenkinsburg Road.  Snapped and uprooted trees were noted along
both sides of I75 where the tornado crossed.  As the storm became
the dominant circulation within the mesocyclone, the wind field
expanded and the damage became fairly consistent with high end
EF1 to low EF2 thereafter. The tornado crossed Locust Road, Dean
Patrick Road and England Chapel Road were numerous trees were
snapped and uprooted.  Some home damage was noted in the area as
well, particularly as it approached Shiloah Road.  Several homes
were damaged along Plaza Dr and Smith Dr.  The tornado continued
NE crossing Hwy 23 striking a large warehouse.  Severe roof and
exterior wall damage was noted as debris was spread across the
highway and to the NE of the hwy.  As the tornado crossed the
highway it struck a train on the tracks and overturned 3 rail
cars just west Walter Moore Rd.   The storm continued northeast
crossing Wolf Creek Road snapping and uprooting trees near
several homes consistent with EF1 wind damage.  The tornado
continued northeast crossing Rising Star Church road and Brown
road snapping and uprooting trees.   As the storm continued
northeast beyond this point, the remnant circulation which last
produced damage near Locust Grove regenerated a new tornado a
little over a mile to the northwest along Fincherville Road.  The
two tornadoes would continue to the NE nearly parallel through
the Jackson Lake area.   This particular tornado continued
northeast and would intensify to EF2 as it crossed Hwy 36 north
of Keys Ferry Road and Haley Road.  The fatality and critical
injury directly associated with this tornado occurred along Haley
Road when a tree fell onto a vehicle injuring the driver and
fatally wounding a passenger.  EF2 damage was noted East of
hwy36 along Haley Road, Pocahontas St. Chickasaw lane and several
neighborhoods along the lake.  The tornado crossed into Southern
Newton County causing severe damage along Parker Road, Ray Road,
Malcom Rd, Quarry Ct, Pebble Ridge Dr, Hunters Trace, Campbell Rd
and Hwy 212 as it entered Jasper County near the Franks
Restaurant.  EF1 to low end EF2 damage was intermittent along
Yancy Rd,  Dallas Tr, Gem Lane, Lee s Cove, Alcovy N. Dr, Rainbow
Dr and County Line Road.   The Bear Creek Marian was destroyed
and several campers were destroyed.   The storm continued NE
crossing Henderson Mill Road snapping and uprooting trees, County
line Trail and Hwy 11 before weakening and lifting as it
approached Margery Lake.  A second fatality was resulted the
following day when a lineman was knocked out of a bucket truck in
Jasper County after being struck by a large tree branch while
attempting to restore powerlines.  The fatality, is considered
indirect but will be tied to this particular tornado.
Widespread wind damage can be seen via areal survey and ground
survey throughout northern Butts, Southern Newton and Western
Jasper counties and surveying this particular storm was a
challenge to discern where the tornado actually ended and where
the severe wind damage started.  The path width is an
approximation based on the most severe damage swaths which were
surveyed however, strong inflow winds occurred for much of the
lifecycle of this tornado making a very wide swath of damage along
its 30+ mile long path.

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(9)..Butts County Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length /statute/:  5.16 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             04:35 PM EST
Start Location:         4 SW McKibben / Butts County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.2502 / -84.1095

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               04:38 PM EST
End Location:           1 NE McKibben / Butts County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.2848 / -84.0312

Survey Summary:
Radar and ground survey confirm that a EF1 tornado briefly
touched down west of I75 along Windy Lane.  The tornado was part
of a larger mesocyclone which can be traced west all the way back
to the Selma Alabama tornado which spawned numerous tornadoes
during its lifecycle.   This particular tornado spun up quickly
along Windy Lane before striking a large warehouse along Midway
drive.  Sections of the roof were torn off and thrown
northeastward into the parking lot and nearby woods.   The
tornado snapped a few trees before crossing I75 just south of hwy
16 before crossing Mattie Thomason Road, Colwell Road and
paralleling Hwy 16 snapping and uprooting trees along both sides
of the highway. The tornado lifted after crossing Joe Lane road
and around High Falls road. A brief TDS can be seen on radar
shortly after the tornado hit the warehouse west of I75.

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(10)..Butts/Newton Tornado...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length /statute/:  9.93 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   500 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             04:49 PM EST
Start Location:         3 SSW Fincherville / Butts County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          33.3649 / -83.9775

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               04:57 PM EST
End Location:           1 NW North Alcovy / Newton County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            33.4371 / -83.8297

Survey Summary:
Radar data, areal surveys and ground surveys confirm that the
circulation which was the long track EF3 tornado through Griffin
GA regenerated a tornado in NW Butts County after crossing out of
Henry County.   This tornado was part of a larger mesocyclone
which can be traced west all the way back to the Selma Alabama
tornado which spawned numerous tornadoes during its lifecycle.
This particular tornado first touched West of Fincherville Rd
snapping and uprooting numerous trees on both sides of the road
and in the forest land to the west and east. The storm continued
Northeast crossing Keys Ferry Road where much of the wind damage
became intertwined with the long track tornado to the south of
it.  Damage was noted near Parker Rd and Hwy 36, Hwy 162 and Hwy
36 and along Hwy 36 just south of the Yellow River Bridge.  The
tornado paralleled Hwy 36 snapping and uprooting trees from
Malcom Rd and Hwy 36 through Stewart Church Road, Heatherstone
Way and the intersection of Hwy 212 and Hwy 36 where a barn was
destroyed, several trees were snapped and uprooted, and a large
section of roof was removed from a car wash.  Severe tree damage
and damage to a greenhouse and a few homes were noted along
Stewart Church road. Areal survey confirms the tornado did not
last long after crossing hwy 212 and lifted as it approached the
Alcovy River.    It should be noted that the damage from this
tornado is very close to and possibly butting up against the
damage area defined by the long track tornado which crossed
through the Jackson Lake area.  As a result, the damage area from
both in some cases is nearly 2.5 miles across with swaths of more
severe damage where the circulation of the actual tornado can be
tracked.  Combined with the severe winds and inflow winds,
significant damage was noted all across this region of northern
Butts, Southern Newton and western Jasper counties and much of
the Jackson Lake area.

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(11)..Wilcox Tornado #1...

Rating:                 EF1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length /statute/:  3.1 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             07:00 PM EST
Start Location:         7 NNW Abbeville / Wilcox County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0660 / -83.3810

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               07:05 PM EST
End Location:           8 N Abbeville / Wilcox County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            32.1040 / -83.3520

Survey Summary:
This tornado quickly touched down near the intersection of US Hwy
129 and Primrose Ln, where it caused extensive damage to a
homestead along the road. The damage included several large trees
uprooted, a silo moved and twisted off it`s original location
straining several metal bracers, a barn and 2 sheds that were
destroyed, and moderate structural damage to a home with several
structural pillars and columns displaced. The tornado then
crossed east of the highway and moved into an inaccessible area
near the Ocmulgee River. From there, radar data was used to
estimate the rest of the path. Minor damage was found on the east
side of the Ocmulgee River, but any continued path was
inconclusive.

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(12)..Wilcox Tornado #2...

Rating:                 EF0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  2.3 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             07:03 PM EST
Start Location:         7 ESE Pineview / Wilcox County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0860 / -83.3920

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               07:07 PM EST
End Location:           8 E Pineview / Wilcox County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            32.1040 / -83.3610

Survey Summary:
This tornado touched down along Ga Hwy 233, just southwest of US
Hwy 129 near the Cedar Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery, where a
couple dozen trees were snapped and uprooted along a northeastern
path. Once the tornado crossed east of US Hwy 129, it moved into
an inaccessible area near the Ocmulgee River. From there, radar
data was used to estimate the rest of the path. Minor damage was
found on the east side of the Ocmulgee River, but any continued
path was inconclusive.

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..Crisp/Dooly Straight-Line Thunderstorm Wind Damage...

Peak Wind /E/:          80 mph
Path Length /statute/:  8.5 miles
Path Width /maximum/:   4000 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             01/12/2023
Start Time:             06:35 PM EST
Start Location:         3.5 N Cordele / Crisp County / GA
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0200 / -83.7920

End Date:               01/12/2023
End Time:               06:47 PM EST
End Location:           9 ESE Vienna / Dooly County / GA
End Lat/Lon:            32.0390 / -83.6470

Survey Summary:
A survey team was sent to examine damage along the Crisp and
Dooly county line, where a mesocyclone was observed on radar. The
survey team found a wide swath of damage, including dozens of
trees down and 3 sheds/carports destroyed, primarily along and
east of US Hwy 41 between Cordele and Vienna and along County Lin
Rd east of Interstate 75, but damage was widely spread out and
unidirectional. It is possible that a brief, weak tornado formed
within the broader wind swath, but no discernible path was found.

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EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

NOTE:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

 

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