Tornado touches down damaging homes and cars

Steena Hymes shymes@civitasmedia.com

June 9, 2014

An EF1 tornado touched down in Troup County in the early morning hours Sunday, causing minor to moderate property damage.

According to Adam Baker, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the tornado touched down at 1:59 a.m. starting three miles southeast of the Abbottsford area and ended at 2:03 a.m. two miles north-northwest of the Cannonville area.

Baker said the storm caused three cars to be crushed by trees and several homes suffered moderate damage from fallen trees. A greenhouse also was destroyed by the tornado. Other damages included minor damage to the siding and shingles to a couple of homes.

Baker reported no injuries or fatalities.

According to Baker, the tornado reached peak winds of 95 miles per hour. Its length was 1.8 miles with a width of 280 yards.

Suzy Noles, 911 Director, said sirens were never sounded because Troup County was never put on a warning or watch.

Baker said though no tornado advisories were released, the area was under a severe thunderstorm advisory. He added that the data did not warrant any warnings and often times tornadoes of this degree and length can be missed by scans.

Noles reported most damage was in the areas of Washington Way and Heritage Hills.

Dennis Knight, Troup County fire chief and Emergency Management Agency director, specified areas that experienced damage were Lincoln Lane, Brittney Lane, Freedom Way and Courtney Drive.

Knight reported that four cars were damaged and many homes lost power.

Kirk King with Diverse Power reported the peak of power outages actually occurred during Friday night’s storm, though there were outages Sunday. King estimated 1,000 customers loss power over the weekend and that crews worked 12 hours on Friday, going into Saturday to restore power and worked eight hours Sunday.

Troup, Harris and Meriwether counties were all affected by power outages, King said.