National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Tornado Strikes Floyd County February 22, 2012


A line of storms tracked across northwest Georgia Wednesday night. One severe thunderstorm spawned a weak tornado in Floyd County. Details on the tornado can be found below.


  • Location: Floyd County
  • Rating: EF-1
  • Wind Speed: 95 MPH
  • Path Length: 3.25 miles
  • Path Width: 75 yards
  • Injuries: 0
  • Deaths: 0 direct, 1 indirect


Additional Information: The initial touchdown was in the city of Rome, just west of the Maplewood Subdivision. EF-1 damage, consisting mostly of uprooted and snapped trees, occurred as the tornado moved in a general easterly direction. The tornado traveled east of Rome and nearly paralleled Kingston Highway, where the most significant damage was sustained near the intersection of Kingston Highway and Freeman Ferry. At this location, a small store lost a significant portion of its roof, and the entire roof was blown off a single-wide manufactured home. The one indirect fatality associated with the storm occurred at this location, when a 75-year-old woman died of a heart attack after the storm passed. The tornado continued to parallel Kingston Highway, uprooting numerous trees and damaging or destroying a couple of outbuildings. The tornado weakened to an EF-0 and finally lifted just east of the intersection of Kingston Highway and Mathis Road.