13aprAll DayWaynesboro (Burke County, GA)


Start Time: 4:53 pm EDT 

End Time: Unknown

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds: 125 mph

Path length: 16.94 miles

Width: 700 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

County:  Burke

State:  Georgia

Start Lat/Lon: 33.1066 / -82.1918

End Lat/Lon: 33.2265 / -81.9452

A tornado touched down northeast of Vidette in Burke County, GA near Highway 80. The tornado continued in a general northeastern direction, crossing Quaker Rd., US 25, and dissipated near Highway 56 and Collins Rd. The tornado produced mainly EF-0 and EF-1 damage along its path, but reached EF-2 intensity in several locations with peak wind speeds of 125 mph. The tornado had a path length of approximately 17 miles with a path width of around 700 yards. 

The tornado uprooted or snapped a significant amount of trees along its entire path. Along Highway 80, a former auto service cinder block building had its bay doors blown in, causing the roof to lift off and some of the block walls to collapse. Along Coursey Rd., nearly all of the pine trees snapped in a field and a couple of houses had significant roof damage. A couple of pecan groves had significant damage with many pecan trees snapped or uprooted near Quaker Rd. and Taylor Rd. West of Story Mill Road near George Perkins Rd., there were an extensive amount of hardwood trees snapped and uprooted, with many of them falling on a home and vehicle. Major damage also occurred at a dairy farm along Highway 25, where metal posts supporting a canopy bent and snapped over a feeding area, a feed shed had its roof torn off and the metal framing bent and several other structures on the property had significant roof damage or total roof loss.


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