Severe weather plowed through central Georgia Saturday afternoon, leaving behind a trail of large hail, some wind damage and forced the cancellation of the Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party.
Severe weather plowed through central Georgia Saturday afternoon and evening, leaving behind a trail of large hail, some wind damage and forced the cancellation of the Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party.
Viewers sent in numerous pictures to StormTrack Central meteorologists of hail, littering the ground, mimicking a recent snowfall rather than severe weather. Some minor wind damage was also reported in Bibb County, including some power lines down in Macon.
Several tornado warnings were issued through the afternoon. Viewers sent in a picture of a funnel cloud in Cordele in Crisp county. There are also reports of a funnel cloud sighted between the Macon Regional Airport and Robins Air Force Base.
The roof of the Days Inn was blown off along with many downed power lines and billboards around Highway 49 and I-75. Following a survey of the damage by the National Weather Service, it has been determined that it was not a tornado, but rather damaging winds that led to the damage in Byron.
Substantial damage was also reported in Laurens county near the Brewton area. We received reports of several homes destroyed during the time in which a tornado warning was issued. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and determined that an EF-1 tornado did touch down in the area.
The following is a list of storm reports from this weekend:
Bibb County: Hail reports ranging from 3/4" to 2.5" in diameter
Crawford County: Hail reports ranging from 1" to 1.75" in diameter
Crisp County: Hail reports ranging from 1" to 1.75" in diameter
Dodge County: Hail 1" in diameter
Dooly County: Hail reports ranging from 1" to 1.75" in diameter
Johnson County: Hail reports ranging from 0.88" to 1.75" in diameter
Laurens County: Confirmed EF-1 tornado in the Brewton area with winds ranging from 90 to 100 mph. 200 to 300 trees were snapped or uprooted, with some falling on homes. Hail greater than 1" in diameter was also reported.
Montgomery County: Hail 1" in diameter
Peach County: Severe damage due to straight line winds of 75 mph at the Days Inn in Byron Hail 0.88" in diameter.
Pulaski County: Hail 1.75" in diameter
Spalding County: Hail ranging from 1" to 1.75" in diameter.
Sumter County: Wind damage to a house, numerous trees down and a funnel cloud reported east of Americus. Hail ranging from 1.25" to 2.50" in diameter.
Treutlen County: Hail ranging from 1" to 1.25" in diameter.
Upson County: Hail ranging from .88" to 1" in diameter.
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