The storm damage in North Hall County Friday, April 19, was caused by an EF1 tornado.
“Mainly there were just numerous large trees that were uprooted, laid over, twisted or broken off,” said Casey Ramsey, director of the Hall County Emergency Management Agency. “Fortunately, the only major damage we observed was over at the Dewberry church.”
Hall County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Peachtree City Office were examining the path the tornado took around the area of Nopone Road, Clarks Bridge Road and Glade Farm Road on Saturday, April 20. According to a press release, the path was estimated to be 2 ½ miles long, 300 yards wide and created winds up to 90 mph. The storm lasted for about three minutes.
“It was on the smaller scale,” Ramsey said. “It’s considered moderate … If there were mobile homes in that path, they could have flipped over. It created some structural damage to roofs and things, but it’s not in the upper layer of the tornado category.”
Around 5:50 a.m. on the morning of the tornado, a tornado warning was issued for Northeast Hall County. The Hall County Citizen’s Alert system notified 636 residents in the area who had chosen to be a part of the program. Weather radios and tornado sirens in the area were activated as well.
Ramsey said most homeowners escaped with little to no damage to their homes. Most of the damage was simply to their property and they’d be dealing with tree removal in the coming days and weeks. Some vehicles were damaged, though, by fallen trees and limbs.
“Everybody was just very fortunate with the path that it took and also how some of the trees fell,” Ramsey said. “If the tree had fallen the other way it would have landed on several homes. I just think everybody was really fortunate to escape with no injuries and very little damage to their homes.”