SPC Stats

Path length: 20 miles

Width:  867 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  46

Rating:  F4

County:  Cobb, Cherokee

During the widespread tornado outbreak of November 21-23, 1992, 11 tornadoes traveled through parts of Georgia.  Two were rated F4.  We look at one of those destructive tornadoes in this summary.  

The path length was 20 miles through parts of Cobb and Cherokee Counties in the northern Atlanta suburbs.  The tornado occurred during the late morning time on Sunday, November 22.  It began north of Powder Springs and moved northeast.  The NWS Storm Data Narrative states that after the tornado moved northeast it actually jogged to the northwest for a bit before returning to a northeasterly direction.  It hit the town of Kennesaw in Cobb County and just south of Woodstock in Cherokee County.  Based on the damage path and testimony from eyewitnesses, there were occasionally two vortices.

325+ residences and businesses were damaged/destroyed in Kennesaw. Tractor-trailers were overturned on I-75.  A church on GA Highway 92 in Cherokee County was hit while they were holding services.  There were no injuries.  

The tornado dissipated after hitting the Hickory Flats area.  Several homes and businesses were damaged in this area.  

Storm Data Entry

The strong thunderstorm that produced the microburst wind event in Carroll and Douglas Counties moved northeast and produced a large tornado in western Cobb County.  The tornado started north of Powder Springs in a residential area, moved northeast, snaked back to the northwest, and then traveled northeast to Kennesaw.  After causing extensive damage in Kennesaw, the tornado entered Cherokee County just south of Woodstock.  The storm moved due northeast from Woodstock to Hickory Flats where it dissipated. From the damage path and witnesses, there were occasionally two vortices.

Numerous businesses, homes and other properties were damaged in Cobb County.  The tornado damaged or destroyed over 325 residences and businesses in Kennesaw alone.  Tractor-trailers were overturned on Interstate 75 by the tornado.  Estimated costs were over $5 million in Cobb County.

The tornado moved into southern Cherokee County near Woodstock and traveled northeast over the area. Several subdivisions had major damages. A church on Georgia Highway 92 was in services when the tornado damaged it;  no injuries occurred.

The tornado lifted briefly as it moved northeast to Hickory Flats.  At Hickory Flats, more homes and businesses were damaged after the tornado crossed Georgia Highway 140.  The storm then dissipated.

At least 200 homes in Cherokee County had varying degrees of damages.  Estimated damage costs were over $2 million dollars, with a large amount of the damages concentrated in an industrial park in Woodstock. 

The tornado snaked over a distance of 14.5 miles in Cobb County and 9.5 miles in Cherokee County. The damage path was 20 miles long. The total costs due to this tornado were estimated at over $7.2 million.  About 800 buildings were damaged to some degree and countless trees were downed over the tornado’s path.  Of the injuries, 34 occurred in Cobb County and 12 people were treated for injuries in Cherokee County.  Over 11,000 customers were left without power. 

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 33.92 / -84.67      End: 34.17 / -84.43

I altered the path a bit based on the Storm Data Narrative.  It states the tornado moved northeast from North of Powder Srings and then “snaked by northwest” and then moved toward Kennesaw.  I added that northwest jog.  

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

Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

November 1992 Storm Data Publication

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 1343.

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