13aprAll DayThomaston (Upton/Lamar Counties, GA)


Start Time: 2:19 am EDT 

End Time:  2:35 am EDT

Rating:  EF3

Estimated Peak Winds: 140 mph

Path length: 16.7 miles

Width: 1200 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Upson, Lamar

State:  Georgia

Start Lat/Lon:  32.8496 / -84.3335

End Lat/Lon:  32.9943 / -83.1056

The mesovortex from the quasi-linear convective storm that produced the Talbot County tornado intensified as it moved into Upson County. A tornado developed just outside of of the southern city limits of Thomaston near Gordon School Rd east of Old Talbotton Rd, increasing in intensity as it traveled northeast. The tornado narrowly missed the densely populated Lincoln Park area but did hit Southern Crescent Technical College and Raintree Golf and Country Club on US19 with winds of 70 to 85 mph. The tornado intensified further after it passed Triune Mill Rd, where homes and cars were damaged from falling trees, on a path parallel to and just south of Yatesville Highway. As it reached Trice Cemetery Rd, the tornado broadened to over 2/3rds of mile in diameter. An unoccupied mobile home rotated 90 degrees and rolled on its side. As the tornado moved into Trinity road it reached maximum intensity where a single story home had most of its roof blown off and every tree (mostly Loblolly Pine) within a 1/8 mile radius was snapped. It was at this point that the KFFC WSR-88D radar (about 30 nm NNW of this location) detected a rotation velocity of 90kts and tornado debris was detected at an altitude of 25,000 ft. The tornado slowly began to weaken as it traveled through northeast Upson county and into far southern Lamar County crossing US341 before finally lifting near Community House Rd just east of Leverette Rd.

In total, 159 structures were affected, 38 homes had minor damage, 20 with major damage and 7 were destroyed.


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