NWS confirms tornado in Lumpkin, Hall counties - New York News

NWS confirms tornado in Lumpkin, Hall counties

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. -

The National Weather Service says a tornado swept through Hall and Lumpkin counties on Thursday night, creating a path over 4 miles long and 250 yards wide.  Officials said an NWS meteorologist confirmed EF-0 and EF-1 tornado damage on Friday morning.

An EF-1 storm contains winds of 90 to 105 mph.

Officials said the tornado reached maximum intensity around 9:30 p.m. along Bridgestone Road in Lumpkin County, damaging 12 homes.  Two of those homes were destroyed by falling trees.  Authorities blocked off the road as they worked to remove the downed trees and repair power lines.  Some of the downed trees also fell on cars.

"My son heard a whistle and just real quick, we hit the tub and it was over with, just very fast. I have plenty of trees going down in the front yard and the whole side yard. There's probably six trees down over there, just snapped," said homeowner Dana Brooks.

NWS officials say the tornado moved into Hall County, bringing down more trees and power lines near Old Welchel Road. Two homes sustained minor damage there.

The tornado then crossed back into Lumpkin County, damaging one mobile home and destroying another along Mount Olive Church Road.

Contractors arrived on Friday to begin preliminary clean-up work.

According to Georgia Power, 4,700 customers were without power early Friday morning.  Crews were able to work quickly, and only 475 customers throughout the state were still without power at 11 a.m.

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