EF-1 tornado roars through Commerce

New details on metro Atlanta tornadoes

COMMERCE, Ga. -- A poultry supply store and an auto trailer sales business saw some of the most significant damage from an EF-1 tornado that touched down in the Commerce, Ga. area on Wednesday.

The storm was on the weak end by measurement standards but was still more than strong enough to blow over five 1000 pound chicken feed bins that weren't secured.

This was near where the storm first touched down on Maysville Road just north of I-85 around 3 p.m. as an EF-0 tornado.

The storm continued to down large branches as it moved northeast along I-85.  Two street signs were also bent along its path near Ridgeway Church Road.

National Weather Service surveyors soon found evidence that the storm strengthened to EF-1 before blowing in two overhead garage doors at a trailer sales business. The front door of the business was also blown off and the roof damaged. 

The storm moved a few of the trailers at the location and blew out a few business signs along its path before lifting near the intersection of Highway 441 and East Ridgeway Road.

The storm traveled for about 2.8 miles according to the NWS before receding back into the clouds after about 7 miles.

It was one of four tornadoes confirmed so far in metro Atlanta after Wednesday's bout of stormy weather.

Tornados ranging from EF-0 to EF-1 were also reported in Atlanta's Buckhead Community, the Mableton area of Cobb County, and the edge of Forsyth and Fulton Counties north of Alpharetta.

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