SOUTHWEST, Ga. (WALB) - The National Weather Service (NWS) in Tallahassee, Fla. has confirmed a number of tornado touchdowns in several southwest Georgia counties in Tuesday’s severe weather.
An EF-1 tornado touched down in Miller County, an EF-0 touched down in Early and Baker counties and an EF-2 tornado in Irwin County.
The EF-2 tornado went through Mystic late Tuesday morning. It traveled 19 miles before dissipating in Ben Hill County. The preliminary max winds are around 125 mph. The tornado’s max width is around 250 yards.
According to the NWS, the tornado touched down in Miller County along Phillipsburg Road, north of Colquitt. It then moved northeastward across northeast portions of the county before lifting just past Kelley Road.
There was damage to barns, farm equipment and trees that were consistent with winds around 110 mph, the NWS reported.
The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down around 9:27 a.m., had peak winds of 110 mph, traveled 6.57 miles, its path width was about 200 yards and it lifted around 9:36 a.m., moving from Jeterville to Cooktown.
The NWS also said a brief EF-0 touched down near Rock Hill Road and Chancey Mill Road, just southwest of Blakely.
The National Weather Service reported that a few trees were snapped and blown down in different directions.
The max winds of the tornado were estimated to be around 80 mph and started around 7:30 a.m.
In Baker County, the survey team found localized damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado. The maximum winds were between 65-85 mph.