23aprAll DayMoultrie/Adel (Colquitt/Cook Counties, GA)


Start Time: 12:34 pm EDT 

End Time: 1:10 pm EDT 

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 110 mph

Path length: 28.7 miles

Width:  1755 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County:  Colquitt, Cook

State:  Georgia

Start Lat/Lon: 31.1094 / -83.7968

End Lat/Lon: 31.1464 / -83.321

This long-track tornado was produced by the same thunderstorm that spawned a tornado in upstream Pelham, GA. The tornado touched down south of Moultrie, GA just west of U.S. 319 and produced damage consistent with EF-1 winds through most of its long track. Most of the damage was in the form of snapped or uprooted trees. As the tornado crossed GA route 133, it caused significant damage to a warehouse at the Farmer s Gin and Peanut Company. The tornado reached its maximum intensity of 110 mph, which is just shy of EF-2, at the east end of Pike Creek Turf Circle. Here it snapped many large pine trees at their base. The tornado caused some minor roof damage to a home on McConnell Bridge Road before flipping a small plane upside down at the Cook County Airport. The tornado crossed I-75 at the Adel, GA exit damaging several billboards and tall signs. In downtown Adel, the tornado ripped off large sections of two warehouses on 3rd Street belonging to the Adel Ice Company. Many trees were toppled onto homes in the vicinity of East 9th and 10th Streets. Winds were estimated to be 95-100 mph in Adel. The tornado continued eastward snapping a few trees on GA Highway 37 East and in the Indian Creek Road subdivision. The tornado then snapped trees on Register Road and significantly damaged a large shed before lifting.It should be noted that a large swath of straight-line wind damage occurred to the south of the tornado track along much of its length from the Langdale Parkway in Colquitt County through Cecil, GA and eastward into northwestern Lanier County. These winds were estimated to be 90-95 mph in Cecil.


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