Storm blows off church steeple, roof

Storm blows off church steeple, roof

GLASCOCK CO., GA (WTOC/WFXG) - A National Weather Service representative confirmed a tornado touched down in Glascock County.

The EF1 tornado packed winds of about 100 mph and traveled 3.25 miles. It left a 150-yard path of destruction. The NWS representative said the tornado did not register on their radar.

"This is a smaller type tornado. It's what we typically do have in Georgia. It's just that what we were seeing on the radar was not supporting what velocity signatures that we would have classified as seeing this as a tornado," said Kent Frantz, an incident meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The Magnolia Baptist Church was destroyed. Fifteen people were displaced Tuesday night and at least three homes were damaged. A mobile home was removed from its foundation. At another home, a tree was uprooted from the ground and fell on top of it. The third home sustained roof and window damage. At the peak of the storm, 22 Glascock County residents were without power. There were no injuries from the storm.

Edward Newsome said that at about 7 p.m. Tuesday night their house started shaking and their windows blew out. They woke up to find the foundation of their house cracked and their yard littered with debris.

Newsome remembers hearing the tornado rushing by.

"We heard what sounded like a freight train coming and they were screaming, 'We don't want to die,' we were just scared slam to death, let me tell you," he said.

The Glascock County Emergency Management Agency, with the help of the Glascock County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, spent the majority of the morning Wednesday assessing the damage.

Georgia Disaster Relief and the American Red Cross are assisting families whose homes were damaged.

Community volunteers will be meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Baptist Church to begin the clean up process. Anyone interested in assisting in the cleanup can meet at the church on Saturday morning.

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