(Peachtree City) – The National Weather Service has completed its report on the storm systems that moved through north Georgia last Friday.
The weather service issued a Tornado Warning for northern Hall and southern White Counties at 5:50 AM, April 19th. A Tornado Warning was issued for Habersham County at 6 a.m.
The weather service said a strong storm system brought heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms to much of north and central Georgia that day. Around the state, three tornadoes were confirmed–one EF-0 and two EF-1. Additional scattered wind damage occurred as these thunderstorms traversed the area during the morning hours.
An axis of very heavy rainfall occurred during this time as well, leading to flash flooding issues for a number of areas. This swath received widespread 3 to 5-inch rainfall totals with locally higher amounts over 6 inches.
As for the Hall County tornado, the weather service classified that as an EF1. According to the weather service, a short-lived tornado embedded within a line of heavy showers and thunderstorms touched down over northern Hall County early on the morning of Friday, April 19th about 8 miles north of Gainesville. Much of the damage within the tornado path was snapped and uprooted trees. There was some structural damage, including at Dewberry Baptist Church, where the steeple was blown over. Pockets of stronger winds approaching 90 mph occurred on either side of Highway 284 along Nopone Road and Glade Farm Road where numerous large trees were uprooted or snapped about halfway down.
The weather service report said the tornado appeared to lift along Glade Farm Road near Flat Creek.
No injuries were reported from that storm.