SPC Stats

Path length: 11.42 miles

Width:  880 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  EF3

County:  Floyd, Bartow, Gordon

A total of 13 tornadoes were confirmed on December 22, 2011.  The strongest hit parts of North Georgia.  It had a short path through parts of Floyd and Bartow Counties and damage was weaker.  Mainly tree damage was observed along with minor home damage in Bartow County.  Rating in this area was EF0.

The tornado spent most of it time in Gordon County.  Homes were damaged by falling trees east of Plainville.  Rating here was EF1.  The tornado strengthened to an EF3 with max winds of 150 mph just south of Calhoun.  Several homes were damaged and one was completely destroyed.  There were four injuries reported in that destroyed residence.  

Storm Data Entry

Floyd:

A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City confirmed a second tornado touchdown in extreme northeast Floyd county, northeast of Pinson, just north of Georgia Highway 140. Within Floyd county the tornado remained at an EF0 intensity with a path width of 440 yards or 1/4 mile. The tornado quickly moved into extreme northwest Bartow county, and then into Gordon county where it eventually intensified to an EF3 causing considerable damage. This tornado was also determined to have begun from the same circulation that was earlier responsible for an EF2 tornado just west to just north of Rome, which caused significant damage to at least 20 homes in that area. Damage with this EF0 tornado in extreme northeast Floyd county was confined to several trees. No structural damage was observed.

Bartow:

A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that the EF0 tornado that touched down in extreme northeast Floyd county continued into extreme northwest Bartow county before continuing into Gordon county. The tornado remained at EF0 intensity across extreme northwest Gordon county with a maximum path width of 440 yards. Damage survey members observed and county emergency personnel reported that a number of trees were down along Oak Grove Road just north of Georgia Highway 140. A few homes in this area also sustained minor to moderate damage from downed trees.

Gordon:

A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that the EF0 tornado, that initially touched down in extreme northeast Floyd county and continued across extreme northwest Bartow county, continued into Gordon county. The tornado entered Gordon county about 2.8 miles east-southeast of Plainville before continuing on a northeastward track into central Gordon county, lifting and dissipating on the east side of Calhoun. The tornado strengthened to an EF1 almost immediately after entering Gordon county, then to an EF3 as it approached the south side of Calhoun. At its maximum intensity and size the tornado was determined to be 880 yards or 1/2 mile wide and had maximum winds of 150 mph. The tornado tracked at least 10 miles through Gordon county. As the tornado entered Gordon county, several homes along Emily Lane were damaged from falling trees just east of Plainville. As the tornado strengthened to an EF3 near the corner of Boone Ford Road and Beason Road just south of Calhoun, were several additional homes were damaged and one was completely destroyed. Numerous trees and power lines were also down along the path of the tornado through Gordon county, including several blocking Interstate-75 near the Bartow county line. Four injuries were also reported from the destroyed home.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.3753 / -85.0146      End: 34.48 / -84.86

Included county coordinates provided by NCDC Database

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

Damage Photos from the NWS Peachtree City Survey

Newspaper Clippings

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