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Damage assessment released for Ft. Stewart tornado

FT. STEWART, GA (WTOC) -

The National Weather Service in Charleston, SC confirmed a tornado occurred at Fort Stewart on February 3 and released a report.

The tornado was likely EF0 strength when it formed near gate 7. From there, it traveled northeast at about 35mph through the middle of Ft. Stewart.

Much of the damage was EF0 to high-end EF1. The most significant damage started at the Taylors Creek Golf Course and proceeded east-northeast through a neighborhood to Diamond Elementary School. Several large pine trees were uprooted or snapped in half throughout the golf course and neighborhood areas.

Six to ten homes were heavily damaged from trees falling on them. Three cars were rolled over or moved about 20 feet in the parking lot of the elementary school. The school suffered roof damage to a corner of the gym. Trees and power lines were torn down along Hero Road near Eisenhower Village.

The tornado last affected a heavily wooded where it snapped more trees before lifting near Highway 144. The tornado lasted 10 to 12 minutes. Total damage reported along the path included about 42 homes, 150 to 200 vehicles and eight unit facilities.

More information can be found on the NWS website at weather.gov/chs

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