SPC Stats

Path length: 14.5 miles

Width:  500 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F2

County:  Chattooga

There are 23 tornadoes recorded in the SPC Database for November 18, 1957. This Georgia twister had a very large width of 500 yards. It traveled 14.5 miles through parts of Chattooga County and damage was reported in the community of Gore. Three houses were destroyed along with several barns and chicken houses. The SPC does not have an injury for this event but one was recorded in the Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS). They report a man was injured when his car was blown off the road and it overturned several times.

When you plot the SPC coordinates, the tornado began in Chattanooga County. The ending point though is in Gordon County. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes does not bring this twister into Gordon County.  I could not find any information on this event in the newspapers.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.47 / -85.27    End: 34.55 / -85.03

Corrected Coordinates based on Grazulis:

Start:  34.395563/-85.383167     End: 34.499915/-85.215167

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

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the November 1957 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 14.5 mile path length.
  • CDNS & Grazulis has a length at 12 miles.

Injury Count:

  • SPC/NCDC have no injuries listed.
  • CDNS & Grazulis list 1 injury.

Counties in Path:

  • SPC path ends in Gordon County.
  • No source lists this county, only Chattooga.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      November 1957 Climatological Data National Summary

      newspapers.com

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1012.

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