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The Valdosta Tornado of December 29, 2014

At 11:26 am EST on December 29, 2014 a tornado touched down in Valdosta, Georgia. Several buildings were damaged at the Langdale Forest Product Company. A survey team determined that the tornado was rated EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and maximum winds were around 120 mph. Below are several social media posts about the tornado and pictures of the damage. Click images for larger versions. 

 

Map showing warning polygons and observed reports of severe weather that occurred on November 17, 2014. Polygons for tornado warnings (red), severe thunderstorm warnings (yellow), and special marine warnings (purple) are shown. Tornado and wind damage locations are indicated by the respective icons.

Figure 1. Map showing tornado warnings (red) and river flood warnings (green) issued on December 29, 2014. 

Figure 2. Radar imagery of tornado. 

 

Figure 3. Sounding from KTLH at 12z on December 29, 2014.

Figure 4. Tornado track with damage points indicated by triangles. 

Figure 5. Damage at Langley Forest Products Company. Photo courtesy of Emma Weston.

Figure 6. Damage at Langley Forest Products Company. Photo courtesy of Emma Weston.

Figure 7. Damage at Langley Forest Products Company. Photo courtesy of Emma Weston.

Figure 8. Damage at Langley Forest Products Company. Note the bent steel beams. Photo courtesy of Emma Weston.

Figure 9. Damage at Langley Forest Products Company. Photo courtesy of Emma Weston.

 

This page was authored by Emma Weston. The tornado track map was assembled using the Damage Assessment Toolkit base on information gathered by Kelly Godsey and Emma Weston during a damage survey.