February 21, 2018

Tornado touchdown confirmed in Wednesday’s storms

(Franklin, GA) — The National Weather Service confirmed this week that a small tornado did in fact touch down in Heard County during Wednesday morning’s storms in western Heard County.

A tornado warning was issued at 9:17 AM Wednesday morning and then cancelled at 9:23 AM.

Storm damage was minimal with no structural damage or injuries according to Heard County Fire Chief Wirth although Heard County road crews were needed to clear some downed trees and limbs that were blocking Huff Road near HWY 27. The Victory Road area was also impacted by downed trees.

The NWS classified the twister as an EF-1 with maximum winds of 95 MPH.

The tornado was part of a system that brought downpours and damaging winds to metro Atlanta and other parts of the state.

WSB-TV Channel 2 crews interviewed Allen Ray with the Heard County roads department after the storms and his team told WSB the storms were pretty violent when they blew through Wednesday morning.

“We had some strong winds come through. The tornado sirens went off. The ground is just so saturated, it couldn’t withstand the wind, so we got several trees down in this area, and here we are trying to clean it all up,” Ray told reporters.

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