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The end of April was extremely busy for residents and meteorologists of the tri-state area as multiple rounds of severe weather moved through. The month started busy, with several rounds of severe weather through the first half of April. While there weren’t many tornadoes, widespread wind damage was noted, especially with the April 13th event. Links to these summaries can be found below (Event A/B).

A busy April continued as we entered the second half of the month. An overnight severe weather event moved into the area on 19th/20th and brought with it 7 tornadoes to the region as a strong squall line progressed through the area. These tornadoes occurred in portions of Alabama and Georgia and sadly caused one death in Alabama. The line of storms continued east overnight and spawned another tornado in portions of Mitchell and Worth counties early in the morning.

 As this event pushed through, another event was developing in its wake and would move through on April 23rd. This event brought two distinct rounds of severe weather to the area. The first round brought widespread damaging winds across Alabama, Georgia, and portions of the FL Panhandle. One storm spawned three tornadoes as it progressed east in the morning/early afternoon across south-central Georgia. As the main front moved through, another round of severe weather developed. This round was the most active of the two, and multiple tornadoes developed across the Panhandle and the Big Bend as it moved east. Overall, the April 23rd event brought 11 tornadoes and one very strong microburst as a supercell tracked across the area.

 Lastly, a more isolated round of severe weather developed on the evening of the 29th as a line of storms moved through the tri-state region with an EF-1 tornado moving across portions of Gadsden county.

 Overall, April was a very busy month of severe weather. Twenty-two tornadoes were recorded in the month (as shown in the graphic below) which is a record. The previous record being 7 in April of 1973. This was a challenging month for many and our thoughts are with all those who were impacted by severe weather.

This large summary also includes tornado tracks from events that occurred earlier in the month. For more information on those first two events, please visit those pages. Event A: Berrien/Lanier County Tornado and Event B: Irwin/Worth/Tift County Tornadoes.


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