Damage reports: Confirmed tornado touch down in Colquitt Co.

Damage reports: Confirmed tornado touch down in Colquitt Co.
A confirmed tornado touched down in Colquitt County causing damaged houses and downed trees and power lines. (Source: Andrew Gorton)

SOUTHWEST, GA (WALB) - Following Sunday’s severe weather events, WALB is tracking down reports of damage in the viewing area.

COLQUITT COUNTY:

A confirmed tornado touched down in Colquitt Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado developed southeast of Moultrie and continued into northeastern Colquitt County.

According to Colquitt County dispatch, the storm damaged the roof of some houses near Tallokas Road and Wilder Road.

Maria Chavez was the only person in a house that was damaged when the tornado hit around 2:35 p.m.

Chavez told WALB she remembers it being quiet, then a whistle and all she could see outside was “white” as the tornado passed through parts of her house.

Most of the roof on the west side of the house is gone, Chavez said, and two bedrooms are under that part of the house. Chavez said those two rooms belong to her grandchildren, who visited on Saturday.

Downed trees and power lines were also reported.

The National Weather Service’s survey team will be in Colquitt County Monday to access the damages.

Moultrie man says he’s lucky to be alive

One Moultrie resident said he is lucky to be alive after high wind speeds ripped off the roof of his home.

This man was sitting inside his Moultrie home when wind high wind speeds ripped off his roof around 2:30 this afternoon. He says he feels lucky to be alive.

Posted by Marilyn Parker WALB on Sunday, April 14, 2019

Jerome McBride said he was sitting in the front room of his house on Gibbs road around 2:30 this afternoon when the storm began.

He said he heard loud noises coming from the outside and then saw insulation from his roof falling to the ground.

Parts of his roof wrapped around a large tree that sits behind his home, which was up rooted by the strong winds as well

McBride told WALB he stayed inside his home while the damage happened.

“I mean I just jumped up and I just made three of four steps here, three or four steps back, it was over with," McBride recalled. "I looked out the door seen everything was blown off then I went to walking through the house and it just popped this and popped that. That was all.”

McBride plans to stay with family and will begin picking up the debris Monday morning.

The National Weather Service also confirmed damage to an irrigation system overturned pool barn and several trees down on Gibbs Road.

STEWART COUNTY:

Only one Stewart County home was damaged by Sunday’s severe weather. according to the county commission’s Facebook page.

Trees were cleared or about to be cleared from Green Grove, Brinson and Wesley Chapel roads.

A home in Florence was damaged by today's storm. The family still has electricity, but fortunately, the home can...

Posted by Stewart County Georgia Commission on Sunday, April 14, 2019

WORTH COUNTY:

No damage reported.

WALB has reached out to Atkinson, Berrien and Coffee counties to see if there were reports of damage and are waiting to hear back.

WALB is working to confirm other damages in Southwest Georgia following Sunday’s severe weather.

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