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Damage Survey from Franklin and Jefferson Counties





Franklin and Jefferson Counties Tornado

Location / Time of event: Franklin and Jefferson Counties, 12/9/08 at 746 PM CST
Beginning Point: 3.5 WNW Hamburg at 746 PM CST
Ending Point: 6E McNair at 758 PM CST
Rating: EF1, 105 MPH
Path Length: 11 miles
Maximum Width: 500 yd
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Summary of Damages: The tornado started out in a forested area west of Hamburg. The timber damage in this area became quite intense, with swaths of pine trees snapped and leveled. As the tornado crossed Highway 33, it moved through a small community of homes, causing roof damage to a frame home and several mobile homes. Additionally, several outbuildings were destroyed, and windows were blown out of vehicles. The rest of the tornado´s path was across rural forested areas of southern Jefferson County, and damage was mainly limited to tree damage. However, one home did suffer some minor roof damage and some farm outbuildings sustained some roof damage.