Tornado Confirmed in Putnam, Hancock Counties
The National Weather Service has confirmed a second tornado touched down in central Georgia during last week's historic tornado outbreak.
An EF-1 tornado touched down in Putnam and Hancock counties with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The tornado developed 8 miles southeast of Eatonton near Flat Rock around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning (4/28/11). It was on the ground for 7 miles into west Hancock county, lifting just 8 miles west/northwest of Devereux around 3:05 a.m. It was on the ground of roughly 35 minutes and covered 7 miles. The tornado was around 200 yards wide, the equivalent of two football fields!
The roof of an outbuilding was lifted off and four homes were heavily damaged or destroyed by falling trees. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted along the tornado's path. Power lines were also downed.
A deadly tornado also tracking through Lamar, Monroe and into Putnam counties during the same outbreak.
So far, 2011 has seen 5 tornadoes in central Georgia. A total of three people have died as a result of severe weather in central Georgia this year.