National Weather Service: 22 tornadoes and counting from last Monday's storms

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ATLANTA -- The National Weather Service is still working to tally the damage from the first bout of severe storms that spun-up tornadoes and caused other damage around Georgia.

So far, the NWS office based in Peachtree City has confirmed 22 tornadoes touched down in the state last Monday, but the agency's surveys are still not yet complete. Crews are also still surveying damage from even more powerful storms that crossed the state on April 5. No preliminary data is available from that wave yet.

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Here's where the crews have confirmed tornadoes thus far: 

CARROLL COUNTY 

Tornado #1

Rating: EF-1

Estimated Peak Wind: 90 mph
Path Length: 2.5 miles

Start Time: 10:58 AM 
End Time: 11:02 AM  

Survey Summary: A brief tornado embedded within a line of strong to severe thunderstorms, touched down over central Carroll County, very near the University of West Georgia. The tornado tracked northeast then turned slightly east before dissipating near Hwy 27 in Carrollton. Much of the tornado damage was snapped and uprooted trees, however, significant structural damage occurred to a fire station off Brumbelow Road. A styrofoam-metal roof was pulled off and in the process, a portion of the concrete exterior wall was destroyed. Numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted across the street from this location. Based on this damage, estimated winds were around 90 mph which resulted in an EF-1 rating for this tornado. Additional damage (mainly snapped trees) was seen in a north-south path between Cedar Street and Newnan Road, but was likely caused by strong inflow/thunderstorm winds.

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HENRY COUNTY

Rating: EF-0

Estimated Peak Wind: 85 mph
Path Length: 1.8 miles

Start Time: 12:52 PM
End Time: 12:55 PM 

Survey Summary: A brief tornado touched down in southern Henry county, just south of the Locust Grove community. The tornado traveled in nearly a due east path for less than 2 miles and mainly snapped or uprooted trees. In a neighborhood off Jayley Pkwy, numerous shingles were pulled off a roof of one resident. Just south of this location, a large tree fell on one corner of a house resulting in significant roof and exterior wall damage. Maximum winds were determined to be around 85 mph based on the numerous uprooted and snapped trees. The tornado lifted along Grove Pointe Circle just east of Locust Rd. Note: This tornado was associated with the same storm that produced the Griffin EF-0 tornado, about 20 minutes earlier.

LUMPKIN COUNTY

Rating: EF-1

Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
Path Length: 4.63 miles

Start Time: 12:18 PM 
End Time: 12;26 PM 

Survey Summary: A brief tornado developed along a line of thunderstorms shortly after noon just east of highway 19 and Georgia 400 north. EF-0 damage in the form of numerous uprooted trees were found along the majority of Red Oak Flats Road. Shortly thereafter, the tornado strengthened to an EF-1 along a ridgetop northeast of Red Oak Flats Road where significant damage to barns and sheds were found. In addition, damage to a home was found on Dunagan Drive along with numerous large trees uprooted in a local pasture behind the road. The tornado continued along Cleveland Highway for several miles but weakened to an EF-0 where it caused damage to numerous trees and the collapse of a large local chicken coop on Francis Smith Road. The tornado lifted quickly after moving east of Francis Smith Road.

SPALDING COUNTY

Rating: EF-0

Estimated Peak Wind: 85 mph
Path Length: 0.6 miles

Start Time: 12:35 PM 
End Time: 12:37 PM 

Survey Summary: A very brief tornado touched down just northwest of the town of Griffin, near the University of Georgia - Griffin campus. In just over 1/2 mile, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted, some of them falling on several homes causing more extensive structural damage. The damage occurred in a narrow path between Melrose Ave and Cedar Ave, along and just south of Ellis Rd. Based on the larger trees that were uprooted or snapped near their bases, a maximum winds of 85 mph was determined. This is a high-end EF-0 tornado.

UPSON COUNTY

Tornado #1

Rating: EF-0

Estimated Peak Wind: 70 mph
Path Length: 1.7 miles

Start Time: 12:36 PM 
End Time: 12:39 PM 

Survey Summary: An EF0 tornado briefly touched down south of Thomaston along John B Gordon road snapping a few trees. The tornado tracked northeast Crossing US19 and followed along New Harmony Church Road were several trees were snapped or uprooted. Minor roof damage was noted to some homes along Samuel Atwater Rd. The tornado lifted before crossing Wolf Creek. 

Tornado #2

Rating: EF-1

Estimated Peak Wind: 90 mph
Path Length: 6.9 miles

Start Time: 12:44 PM 
End Time: 12:52 PM 

Survey Summary: An EF-1 tornado developed out of the same storm that produced a short tornado track south of Thomaston 6 minutes prior. The tornado first touched down west of Birdsong road snapping a few trees and continued east along Waymanville Road where numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. The tornado shifted slightly to a ENE path and crossed Kendall drive uprooting several trees before crossing Log-town/Traylor driver intersection where several trees were snapped and uprooted. Minor damage to a church at the intersection occurred. The tornado continued ENE crossing Kendall Rd. several times as it traveled nearly parallel to it snapping a few trees along the way. The tornado crossed Pleasant Grove Rd snapping and uprooting a few trees before lifting in a wooded area east of that location but before crossing into Monroe County. There were reports of trees downed in the town of Culloden east of this location which have been determined to be caused by Thunderstorm wind associated with this storm as outflow winds took over and dissipated the tornado.

Photos: Severe storm damage 4.3.17

Tornadoes were also confirmed in Muscogee, Stewart, Webster, Talbot, Schley, Monroe, Jones, Wilkinson, Hancock, Washington and Jefferson Counties.

Already, Georgia has had a more active than usual tornado season and leads the nation in the number of confirmed storms. Before the National Weather Service released these survey results, 87 tornadoes had already been confirmed in the state. 

Tornado season, which usually lasts from March to May, still has weeks left in the season, leaving the door open for more potential storms to cause more damage.

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