National Weather Service releases official report on EF-1 tornado

Published 1:11 pm Saturday, February 18, 2023

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The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado struck in LaGrange Friday morning and has released its official report.

The estimated peak wind of the tornado was 90 miles. Its path length was 5.81 miles and its maximum width was 200 yards.

The tornado began at approximately 4:31 a.m. with damage to trees northeast of the airport near the intersection of Gordon Road and Swanson Drive, per the report.

The NWS reports sporadic EF-0 tree damage occurred as the twister traveled east before it intensified into a low-end DF-1 near Callaway Stadium.

Beacon Brewery had its roof blown off and the Troup County Health Department received damage.

The NWS notes that the most damage occurred to a house near this location, where a large oak tree was uprooted and fell into the home. No injuries have been reported from the storm.

Several bleachers were tossed into the fence at Callaway Stadium, destroying a portion of the fence.

The NWS said the tornado continued to the northeast, uprooting several trees and causing roof damage for several homes.

More EF-1 damage was experienced at the George F. Harris Baseball Complex, where a few trees were uprooted and snapped.

The tornado then entered another area of homes where some tree damage and uprooted trees were noted before entering a shopping district along Highway 109 west of I-85.

Additional damage continued to the northeast before the tornado lifted near the intersection of I-85 and Highway 109 at 4:38 a.m.