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Start Time: 9:45 pm EST 

End Time:  9:55 pm EST 

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 130-135 mph

Path length: 7.8 miles

Width: 860 yards

Fatalities: 7

Injuries: Unknown

County:  Murray

State:  Georgia

Start Lat/Lon:  34.8098 / -84.8377

End Lat/Lon:  34.9103 / -84.7761


This tornado touched down in west-central Murray county (GA) along Mitchell Bridge Road, just northwest of the Indian Trace Golf Course, where several smaller trees were snapped in this location. Additional damage was seen along a path that crossed Twin Lakes Road and Hwy 286 where a few trees were snapped or uprooted and minor roof/siding damage occurred at several homes. The tornado appeared to briefly strengthen around Ellis Circle where there was more notable exterior damage to homes along with a higher number of trees seen uprooted. As the tornado crossed Fullers Chapel Road, noticeable strengthening occurred. Aerial drone footage indicated a wide swath of large trees cut down just before Norton Bridge Road. Then, at least 8 double-wide manufactured homes were completely destroyed along Deer Park Drive, with several others sustaining some type of damage. It was here the tornado quickly jumped to EF-2 intensity with max winds around 125 MPH. Continuing north-northeast, similar significant damage was seen along Ridgeview Lane and Fieldview Court, where additional (mainly doublewide) manufactured homes were destroyed. Also, a recently built cell tower was left crumpled by the intense winds. At this point, the tornado reached its peak intensity with max winds around 135 MPH (high-end EF2). The tornado maintained its EF-2 intensity as it crossed over Zion Church Hill Road, just before Hwy 225. As the strong tornado crossed 225, a small single-family home was heavily damaged with just a couple of interior walls left standing. Along Jim Petty Road, there were 4 large chicken houses – one was completely destroyed with heavy damage to 2 of the other 3. Debris was thrown several hundred yards away. Estimated winds continued in the 110-120 MPH range in this area. Heading north along Jim Petty Road near Hawkins Road, the damage appeared to lessen quickly with just a few trees down and minor structural (roof) damage to a shed. Very little if any damage was then seen beyond Baxter Road. The tornado is believed to have lifted just before Sumac Ridge.


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Powerful overnight storms kill 7 in Murray County, Georgia;  at least 23 people injured – Article via timesfreepress.com


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