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The chance of earthquake damage in Barrow County is about the same as Georgia average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Barrow County is much lower than Georgia average and is much lower than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #120

Barrow County
0.00
Georgia
0.08
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Barrow County
0.0000
Georgia
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #120

Barrow County
0.00
Georgia
179.92
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 15,130 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Barrow County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:32Dense Fog:6Drought:126
Dust Storm:0Flood:831Hail:5,037Heat:25Heavy Snow:84
High Surf:0Hurricane:11Ice Storm:37Landslide:0Strong Wind:104
Thunderstorm Winds:7,344Tropical Storm:22Wildfire:4Winter Storm:67Winter Weather:79
Other:1,321 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Barrow County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Barrow County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Barrow County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 78 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Barrow County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
9.01952-02-29234°07'N / 83°40'W0.20 Mile17 Yards0525K0Jackson
10.51973-05-28333°52'N / 83°38'W33°56'N / 83°30'W8.90 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Walton
10.81970-01-29234°00'N / 83°54'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Gwinnett
12.41973-03-31233°45'N / 83°56'W33°53'N / 83°35'W22.10 Miles500 Yards150250.0M0Walton
12.51973-03-31233°53'N / 83°35'W33°55'N / 83°28'W7.20 Miles500 Yards00250.0M0Oconee
13.32010-11-30234°02'N / 83°57'W34°04'N / 83°55'W2.00 Miles100 Yards005.0M0KGwinnett
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that an EF2 tornado touched down near Holland Park Drive in east central Gwinnett county, or about five miles northwest of Dacula. The tornado then tracked slightly over two miles to the north-northeast between Mountain View High School and Twin Rivers Middle School before lifting just east of the intersection of Gravel Springs Road and Interstate-85. The tornado was determined to have a path width of 300 yards with maximum wind gusts of 130 mph. Extensive damage was observed to homes mainly in the Kirkstone Subdivision of Buford. A total of 56 homes and one business along the path of the tornado sustained at least minor damage. Of these, 15 to 20 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed and thus were declared uninhabitable. One of these homes collapsed on itself. Damage to homes and property was estimated by the state insurance commissioner to exceed $5 million. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A deep full-latitude upper trough was sweeping from the central into the eastern U.S. The trough brought a quick transition to the eastern U.S. from mild fall temperatures to an extended period of well below normal temperatures. As the trough swept through the southeastern U.S. on November 30th, it took on a significant negative tilt. Although only marginal instability was noted because of extensive pre-frontal cloud cover and light to moderate rain showers, a strong 50-60kt low-level jet accompanied the trough as it rotated through Georgia during the afternoon of November 30th. This was sufficient combined with minimal instability (CAPE) in place at the time to support the development of a fairly well marked, yet very narrow, quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) which spawned two tornadoes, one an EF2 causing extensive damage to homes in Gwinnett county, and another weaker tornado in Henry county. In addition, the squall line or QLCS also produced numerous damaging wind events across north and central Georgia.
15.51976-05-28233°53'N / 83°57'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Gwinnett
16.61966-05-01234°12'N / 83°34'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Jackson
17.21973-05-28333°56'N / 83°30'W33°58'N / 83°20'W9.80 Miles100 Yards16525.0M0Clarke
18.91989-04-04234°10'N / 84°00'W34°09'N / 83°57'W3.30 Miles50 Yards00250K0Hall
19.11976-05-28233°57'N / 83°23'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Clarke
19.91976-05-14234°15'N / 83°34'W34°15'N / 83°33'W1.90 Miles160 Yards000K0Jackson
20.01973-03-31233°55'N / 83°28'W33°59'N / 83°16'W12.40 Miles500 Yards150250.0M0Clarke
21.61973-12-13334°18'N / 83°52'W34°18'N / 83°42'W9.50 Miles200 Yards0212.5M0Hall
22.71998-04-08233°56'N / 84°14'W34°01'N / 83°59'W15.00 Miles800 Yards01050.0M0Gwinnett
 Brief Description: Significant widespread damage continued into Gwinnett county in a path from Norcross through Duluth and Suwanee to north of Lawrenceville. Large trees were knocked down or snapped. Many of them fell on homes and apartments causing damage. Roofs were torn off of houses. At least 5000 homes were affected. Ten people at an apartment complex were treated for minor injuries.
23.31976-05-14234°15'N / 83°33'W34°20'N / 83°30'W6.50 Miles160 Yards02250K0Banks
24.31989-10-01233°42'N / 83°57'W2.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Rockdale
25.11984-11-10234°01'N / 84°09'W1.50 Miles127 Yards082.5M0Gwinnett
26.51973-03-31233°59'N / 83°16'W34°01'N / 83°14'W3.30 Miles500 Yards00250.0M0Oglethorpe
27.61989-04-04234°25'N / 83°46'W34°22'N / 83°40'W7.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Hall
28.61952-02-29234°22'N / 83°35'W34°22'N / 83°25'W9.40 Miles300 Yards03250K0Banks
31.41989-04-04234°26'N / 83°27'W34°21'N / 83°27'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Banks
31.51966-02-13233°53'N / 83°10'W33°59'N / 83°10'W6.90 Miles400 Yards01250K0Oglethorpe
31.61965-04-15234°23'N / 84°07'W34°22'N / 83°55'W11.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Pickens
32.11970-04-02334°14'N / 84°11'W34°19'N / 84°08'W6.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Forsyth
32.51965-07-11233°30'N / 83°35'W33°33'N / 83°42'W7.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Newton
33.52004-09-16234°17'N / 83°16'W34°20'N / 83°16'W5.50 Miles50 Yards1175K0Franklin
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down west of Franklin Springs, then moved north-northwest, damaging several homes, businesses, and vehicles as it tracked toward Carnesville. Numerous trees and power lines were also blown down. A 38-year-old woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving was hit by a falling tree. A passenger in the vehicle received minor injuries. F38VE
33.61954-03-31234°07'N / 83°14'W34°09'N / 83°04'W9.80 Miles200 Yards05250K0Madison
33.71989-10-01233°36'N / 84°05'W33°37'N / 84°04'W1.00 Mile300 Yards000K0Rockdale
33.81998-04-08233°57'N / 84°20'W33°57'N / 84°16'W4.00 Miles800 Yards1025.0M0De Kalb
 Brief Description: The damage path began just northeast of Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody and extended well into Gwinnett county. There was significant widespread damage to trees and homes. One person was killed when a tree fell on his home. DeKalb College's north campus was closed after several buildings sustained major damage. M72PH
34.21973-03-31233°32'N / 84°20'W33°45'N / 83°56'W27.40 Miles500 Yards00250.0M0Clayton
34.31976-05-14234°28'N / 83°32'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Habersham
34.41989-04-04234°25'N / 83°59'W34°30'N / 83°52'W9.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hall
36.31989-10-01233°36'N / 84°11'W33°36'N / 84°05'W3.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Henry
36.41964-12-24333°31'N / 84°03'W33°29'N / 83°50'W12.70 Miles400 Yards00250K0Newton
37.92004-09-16234°17'N / 83°09'W34°17'N / 83°09'W2.00 Miles60 Yards001.1M0Franklin
 Brief Description: This tornado moved north across the town of Franklin Springs, damaging or destroying numerous structures along its 3-mile path. The city government building and the fire and police stations incurred significant damage, as did approximately 25 residences. Several large chicken houses were also destroyed.
38.01967-03-06233°27'N / 83°36'W0.80 Mile150 Yards0025K0Jasper
38.41985-04-05234°14'N / 84°21'W34°14'N / 84°17'W3.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Cherokee
38.41952-02-29234°24'N / 83°20'W34°25'N / 83°12'W7.80 Miles77 Yards0025K0Franklin
39.41969-05-18233°20'N / 83°55'W33°32'N / 83°47'W15.90 Miles50 Yards003K0Butts
39.61964-12-24333°30'N / 84°07'W33°31'N / 84°03'W4.10 Miles400 Yards00250K0Henry
39.71965-04-26234°15'N / 84°20'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Cherokee
39.82003-05-06234°13'N / 83°06'W34°12'N / 83°02'W4.00 Miles200 Yards012200K0Elbert
 Brief Description: This tornado moved from Madison County into northwest Elbert County and intensified, destroying or severely damaging several houses and mobile homes. A parked car was also flipped before the tornado lifted.
40.21989-04-04234°30'N / 83°34'W34°36'N / 83°27'W8.00 Miles50 Yards032.5M0Habersham
40.32008-05-11233°37'N / 84°16'W33°36'N / 84°13'W3.00 Miles100 Yards007.5M0KClayton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that an EF2 tornado with maximum winds of 130 mph touched down in far northeast Clayton county, approximately four miles northeast of Morrow, and tracked on the ground for nearly 19 miles from northeast Clayton into northern Henry, southern Rockdale, and into western Newton county before finally lifting. Within Clayton county the tornado path was about 2.75 miles long with a maximum path width of 100 yards. Shortly after touchdown, the tornado caused extensive and significant damage within a 2.5 square mile area of the Ellenwood community. There were 185 private dwellings damaged, 53 of which were destroyed or left uninhabitable. At least 500 residents were displaced from their homes. Numerous trees and power lines were also down in the area. By far, the worst damage caused by this tornado occurred within Clayton county as the tornado weakened as it tracked further east into Henry, Rockdale, and Newton county. Despite the extensive damage, no injuries were reported. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary front was draped across north Georgia early on May 10th with an active northwest flow aloft. Meanwhile...a vigorous short wave aloft was approaching the area from the southern plains. The stationary front provided the focus for two rounds of showers and thunderstorms, one early in the morning on the 10th and another in the afternoon. The activity tracked east-southeast with the upper flow aloft, mainly across north Georgia during the early morning and across central Georgia during the afternoon. An isolated strong supercell also tracked across the southern part of central Georgia during the evening. After a lull of convective activity for about four hours, intense multicell thunderstorms tracked into the area from Alabama after midnight and before dawn on the 11th. As these thunderstorms tracked across west central and central Georgia, 15 tornadoes were identified by subsequent surveys making this the most significant tornado outbreak to affect the area since the Katrina-associated tornadoes on August 29, 2005. Millions of dollars of property damage were reported as many homes were destroyed from these tornadoes from the western and southern suburbs of Atlanta southeastward across Macon, Dublin, and other counties in east central and southeast Georgia. Many of these counties were eligible for disaster assistance from the federal government. In addition to the tornadoes and thunderstorm winds that caused extensive damage in dozens of counties across north and central Georgia during the early morning hours of May 11th, strong gradient winds developed on the back side of the strong cold front that moved through the area as low pressure intensified across the mid-Atlantic region. The strong winds combined with wet ground resulted in dozens of trees being blown down in some north Georgia counties. There were also two deaths as a result of downed trees in Barrow and Gwinnett county, all non-thunderstorm-related winds.
40.41953-12-04233°58'N / 84°25'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Cobb
40.41970-04-09234°18'N / 83°08'W34°19'N / 83°06'W2.30 Miles400 Yards00250K0Franklin
40.81972-01-10333°41'N / 84°21'W33°42'N / 84°18'W3.30 Miles200 Yards00250K0De Kalb
40.91978-05-08233°39'N / 84°19'W33°41'N / 84°18'W2.70 Miles33 Yards002.5M0De Kalb
41.92008-03-14233°46'N / 84°25'W33°44'N / 84°21'W5.00 Miles200 Yards13025.0M0KFulton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A ground and aerial survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia in cooperation with the Atlanta Police Department, confirmed that an EF2 tornado tracked through the heart of the city of Atlanta causing millions of dollars of damage to buildings, including several high rise business and/or hotel buildings, within the downtown Atlanta area. The tornado also resulted in one death and 30 non-life threatening injuries. The death occurred on Decatur Street across from the Martin Luther King MARTA station. The tornado first touched down near the intersection of Simpson and Burbank Streets in the Vine City neighborhood just west of downtown Atlanta. The tornado then tracked near due east over the center of the Georgia World Congress Center, about 100 yards north of the Georgia Dome, which was concurrently hosting an SEC basketball conference, across the CNN Omni Hotel Complex and the Phillips Arena, where an NBA basketball game was underway, across the Equitable Bank tower, across the Interstate 75/85 Downtown Connector at the Edgewood Exit, and then into the Cotton Mill Lofts across the Oakland Cemetery located near the Fulton/DeKalb county line. The tornado then weakened, but continued into extreme western DeKalb county before finally lifting for good. The tornado had a total path length of six miles, five of which fell within Fulton county, and a maximum path width of 200 yards. Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 130 mph, which is a high end EF2. The tornado had a path width of 100 yards as it moved across the Georgia World Congress Center and CNN Omni Hotel complex and was ranked an EF1 at that point. At least 50 homes were damaged by the tornado, as were several multi-story towers and commercial buildings near and east of Centennial Olympic Park. Windows were blown out of several of these high rise tower buildings at multiple heights. Damage in residential and industrial areas ranged from roofing materials blown from homes and businesses to trees falling on structures and vehicles. The Cotton Mill Lofts experienced some of the most significant damage with the roof blown off and exterior walls on the top or fourth floors blown inward. Two sections of the fourth flour collapsed all the way into the basement of the building, trapping several people. Most of the injuries observed were associated with this damage. Damaged buildings and structures in the downtown Atlanta area included two Hermes 65-foot tall light towers at Centennial Olympic Park, the CNN Center/Omni Hotel, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Equitable Bank Building, Georgia-Pacific Building, Georgia World Congress Center, Grady Hospital, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Martin Luther King Center, Oakland Cemetery, SunTrust Building, Tabernacle, Ted's Montana Grill, Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, and Walton Building Barbershop. In addition to the damage reports, a wind gust of 83 mph was measured at Atlanta Fire Station No. 13 at 447 Flat Shoals Road Southeast in Atlanta, and a wind gust of 65 mph was measured at Atlanta Fire Station No. 4 at 309 Edgewood Drive in Atlanta. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A series of vigorous upper-level disturbances were racing through a fast zonal flow across the southern states. A supercell thunderstorm developed across north central Alabama and tracked southeast into northwest Georgia and eventually across downtown Atlanta, spawning an EF2 tornado that tracked right through the heart of downtown Atlanta. This was the first recorded incident of a tornado touchdown in downtown Atlanta. The tornado wreaked havoc on the downtown streets as it tracked from the Vine City neighborhood on the west, across the I-75/85 corridor, through the Cotton Mill Lofts, and into extreme western DeKalb county before weakening. One death was reported and dozens were injured as they were trapped in downtown buildings amidst debris. Damage was in the millions.
42.01962-03-21334°10'N / 84°25'W10.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Cherokee
42.31954-03-31234°09'N / 83°04'W34°10'N / 82°56'W7.70 Miles200 Yards020250K0Elbert
42.62009-04-10234°25'N / 83°16'W34°27'N / 83°07'W10.00 Miles200 Yards000K0KFranklin
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado damage path began near Farmers Academy Rd, about 0.5 mile south of highway 106. The tornado crossed Red Hill School Rd, where some outbuildings were destroyed and a couple of mobile homes received minor roof damage. As the tornado continued northeast, some frame homes on highway 106 received minor roof damage. The most significant damage occurred on Crumps Bridge Rd, where one large chicken house was completely destroyed, and several others received major damage. The tornado continued to move northeast, uprooting or snapping off numerous trees as it crossed highway 145 and Greater Hope Rd. From there, the tornado began to move in a more east/northeast direction, continuing to blow down trees as it moved roughly parallel to North Clarks Creek Rd. As the tornado crossed Hulsey Rd, roofs were blown off the wood frame addition to a mobile home and a barn. After the tornado crossed highway 17 and Pleasant Hill Circle, it continued to turn more to the right, traveling due east near the to Wilson Rd, where a mobile home was moved off its foundation, and the steel siding and some roofing material was blown off a building. The tornado continued to travel east, or even east/southeast, before lifting in the Gerrard Rd area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms moved into extreme northeast Georgia in the early evening hours. Tornadoes were spawned by the supercells. There was also quite a bit of large hail and straight-line wind damage.
42.71975-03-24333°46'N / 84°32'W33°54'N / 84°20'W14.80 Miles500 Yards3152250.0M0Fulton
43.32002-11-11234°25'N / 84°16'W34°27'N / 84°14'W3.00 Miles100 Yards03200K0Dawson
 Brief Description: The Dawson county Emergency Management Director reported that the tornado that originated in Cherokee county and traveled across Pickens county, entered Dawson county in the Big Canoe area and continued to just east-northeast of the Big Canoe area before dissipating. Two double-wide mobile homes were completely destroyed just east of the Big Canoe area as large trees fell on the structures. While the contents of one were salvagable, those of the other were destroyed. Three injuries occurred at one of these mobile homes as the residents were trapped by the downed trees on the structure. In addition, there were four other homes that received minor damage in the Big Canoe area. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down in the area of the tornado and some roads were temporarily blocked as a result. Dawson county was one of five counties declared in a state of emergency by the governor.
43.41974-04-03434°27'N / 84°15'W34°30'N / 84°09'W6.80 Miles200 Yards5132.5M0Dawson
43.51974-04-03434°30'N / 84°09'W34°32'N / 84°07'W3.30 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Lumpkin
43.81974-04-03434°22'N / 84°20'W34°27'N / 84°15'W7.60 Miles200 Yards1172.5M0Pickens
43.91972-01-10333°40'N / 84°24'W33°41'N / 84°21'W3.00 Miles200 Yards19250K0Fulton
44.21978-05-08233°37'N / 84°23'W33°39'N / 84°19'W4.50 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Clayton
44.61992-11-22334°34'N / 83°56'W34°41'N / 83°48'W10.00 Miles867 Yards172.5M0Lumpkin
44.61992-11-22434°05'N / 84°31'W34°10'N / 84°26'W7.00 Miles867 Yards0122.5M0Cherokee
45.31956-04-15233°54'N / 84°52'W34°12'N / 84°08'W46.80 Miles67 Yards00250K0Paulding
45.31998-04-08233°53'N / 84°31'W33°53'N / 84°28'W3.00 Miles200 Yards0015.0M0Cobb
 Brief Description: The same supercell that had tracked from Alabama across Haralson and Paulding counties spawned another tornado in Smyrna. The touchdown was along Windy Hill Road just west of Cobb Parkway where a commercial building sustained heavy damage. A filling station and car dealership less than a block east also sustained heavy damage. There was $500,000 to $750,000 in damage to new cars. Trees over a foot in diameter were snapped or uprooted. In total, 59 buildings were damaged, but no injuries were reported. Aerial and ground surveys by NWS employees showed the path varied from 100 to 200 yards wide with a length of about 3 miles. The tornado crossed just into Fulton county near I-285 and the Chattahoochee River. Dime to quarter size hail and other wind damage were also reported in north and central Cobb county.
45.61986-03-19233°58'N / 84°32'W34°01'N / 84°29'W5.70 Miles300 Yards01525.0M0Cobb
46.01964-12-24333°25'N / 84°16'W33°30'N / 84°07'W10.40 Miles400 Yards01250K0Henry
46.01954-12-05233°42'N / 84°26'W0.50 Mile50 Yards14025K0Fulton
46.12002-11-11234°21'N / 84°27'W34°26'N / 84°16'W14.00 Miles100 Yards0105.6M0Pickens
 Brief Description: The tornado that originated in Cherokee county near Beasley Gap, continued into and across Pickens county. Once again, the National Weather Service disaster survey team determined that this was a multi-segmented tornado, with much of the damage along the path caused by straight line winds of at least 70 mph. The tornado entered the county southwest of Cagle, then continued on to just north of Tate roughly paralleling Georgia Highway 108, then turned more eastward along Georgia Highway 53 to near Marblehill, through the Big Canoe golf course and recreation area, then east of Big Canoe into extreme western Dawson county. There was definite evidence of F2 tornadic damage just north of Tate where winds were estimated in the 113 to 157 mph range. Some of the hardest hit areas included homes on Pleasant Union Road near the Cherokee county border; the Mountain Lakes Estates area, where several homes suffered extensive damage; the Bethany-Salem district where at least 56 structures were damaged or destroyed; Refuge Road near Tate, the town suffering some of the greatest damage where several homes and business were destroyed; the Big Canoe area near the Dawson county border, where several homes were damaged and the tennis center suffered extensive damage. All together, a total of 26 structures, mostly residential homes were destroyed, 142 structures were partially damaged, 2 businesses were destroyed, and 14 vehicles were totally destroyed. In addition, ten people were injured, primarily in damaged homes or trapped in vehicles on which trees fell. One of the businesses destroyed was the popular Davis's Barbeque on Georgia Highway 108. The restaurant was completely blown away, including the 20-foot white columns that stood in front of the restaurant. Three of the injuries in the county occurred in new mobile homes behind the Barbeque restaurant when their homes were flattened by the winds and other debris from the restaurant. One of the children injured, a 4-year old girl, was found by a nearby pond. The Refuge Baptist Church suffered extensive damage and was left in shambles. The historic Big Canoe chapel was also among the structures suffering damage. The steeple and all of the windows were lost from the church along with other structural damage to both the exterior and interior walls. Numerous trees were uprooted and many power lines were damaged along the path. Thirty people had to be put up in shelters and at least 6000 people were left without power for an extended period. Pickens county was the hardest hit of five counties declared in a state of emergency by the governor.
46.21966-12-10234°35'N / 83°20'W0.50 Mile500 Yards003K0Stephens
46.61973-11-21234°34'N / 83°17'W0025K0Stephens
46.91989-11-15334°37'N / 83°36'W34°42'N / 83°30'W8.00 Miles1760 Yards032.5M0Habersham
47.61989-04-04234°04'N / 84°34'W34°02'N / 84°31'W3.00 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Cobb
48.01962-04-11234°14'N / 84°30'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0025K0Cherokee
48.31983-12-03233°47'N / 84°31'W0.50 Mile80 Yards002.5M0Fulton
48.31989-05-05234°33'N / 83°19'W34°38'N / 83°14'W6.00 Miles300 Yards0152.5M0Stephens
48.92005-08-29234°40'N / 83°42'W34°44'N / 83°43'W5.00 Miles300 Yards003.0M0White
 Brief Description: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service in cooperation with the White County Emergency Management Director and the White County Sheriff concluded that an F2 tornado had carved a five mile long path of destruction, roughly parallel to Georgia Highway 75, causing major destruction to the town of Helen. Extensive damage was reported to several business in downtown Helen, a Bavarian tourist town in the northeast Georgia mountains. The entire second floor was ripped off the Helen Econo Lodge by the tornado. A nearby chapel was completely destroyed. The roof of Hansel & Gretel's Candy Kitchen, the Alpine Village Shoppes, as well as that of a nearby barbecue company were all ripped off by the tornadic winds. A Circle K grocery store also suffered significant damage. Hundreds of trees were also down. One resident reported losing 200 trees just at his property. Georgia Highway 75 was completely blocked on both the north and south side of Helen from downed trees. Many power lines were also down in the area and power was out to much of the area for at least two days.
49.01973-05-27333°43'N / 84°30'W0.50 Mile100 Yards00250K0Fulton
49.61969-07-19233°24'N / 84°12'W1.00 Mile37 Yards0025K0Henry


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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