SPC Stats

Path length: 21.78 miles

Width:  900 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  17

Rating:  EF3

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 1 fatality.  

The tornado developed during the late morning just SW of Adairsville.  It strengthened to a high-end EF-3 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 completely destroyed.  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.” 

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.3411 / -84.9527   End:  34.5981 / -84.7313      

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Dual polarization technology was able to help confirm that a tornado was on the ground when the EF-3 tornado hit Adairsville, Georgia on January 30, 2013. Image Credit: NWS/Steven Nelson (From article at earthsky.org)

Damage Photos from the NWS Atlanta

Daiki Corporation facility destroyed by EF-3 tornado. Winds at this point were estimated at 160 mph.
Daiki Corporation facility destroyed by EF-3 tornado. Winds at this point were estimated at 160 mph.
This car near the Relax Inn in downtown Adairsville was rolled several times, then impaled by two large wooden beams.
This car near the Relax Inn in downtown Adairsville was rolled several times, then impaled by two large wooden beams.

Image extracted from the Jan 2013 Storm Data Publication

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