Path length: 21.78 miles
Width: 900 yards
County: Bartow, Gordon
44 tornadoes were confirmed on January 30, 2013. The strongest was given a rating of EF3. It tracked over 21 miles through parts of Bartow and Gordon Counties in Georgia. There were 17 injuries and one fatality.
The tornado developed during the late morning, just SW of Adairsville. It strengthened to a high-end EF3 in the town. Per the NWS summary, 95 structures were damaged, 31 of those were destroyed. Many homes were damaged due to trees falling on homes in the downtown area. The worst damage was along Highway 140, where a large portion of a manufacturing plant was destroyed. Over 100 cars were overturned near exit 306 on I-75. Per the February 1, 2013 edition of The Atlanta Constitution, 51-year old Anthony Raines was killed when a tree fell on his mobile home.
This tornado continued in Gordon County. From Redbud to Highway 53, numerous trees and power lines were downed. Seven poultry homes were destroyed. 268 homes had varying degrees of damage in Gordon County. 202 were single-family homes, and 66 were mobile homes. 30 of the 268 were demolished. The NWS notes that “some of the EF-3 damage in Gordon County occurred literally only blocks away from EF-3 damage that occurred on December 22, 2011.”
Damage Photos from the NWS Atlanta
Image extracted from the Jan 2013 Storm Data Publication
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