Friday, Aug. 28, 2015    Login | Register           

NWS: 2 tornadoes hit Fayette 3 days before Christmas

Fayette County escaped a potential brush with disaster Dec. 22 as two minor tornadoes struck within two minutes of each other, some 13 miles apart, according to reports released late last week by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

One of the twisters hit a rural area near Lake Horton in south Fayette County, heading onto Mud Bridge Road in Woolsey. The second tornado touched down in the area of Ga. Highway 92 and Lees Mill Road.

That’s right: they touched down within two minutes of each other, but on opposite ends of Fayette County, more than 13 miles apart.

The Woolsey twister struck first at 6:16 p.m. packing winds of 95 mph when it touched down on the northeast shore of Lake Horton, according to the NWS report. It then traveled northeast for 1.6 miles before lifting just north of the end of Mud Bridge Road, officials said.

The tornado snapped or downed 35 trees, uprooting several large trees, caused minor roof damage to two homes and destroyed two outbuildings including a large barn, according to NWS.

The Lees Mill Road tornado landed around 6:18 p.m. just west of Ga. Highway 92 off Lees Mill Road, going northeast about a mile before lifting near the end of Hill Road. Some 50 trees and six power poles were downed or snapped, especially along Hill Road, but like the Woolsey tornado this one left relatively minor damage.

The new dual polarization radar at the NWS Peachtree City office, one of the first in operation in the country, may well have shown some tornado debris as small as pine needles lifted into the air from the tornadoes, said NWS Science and Operations Officer Steven Nelson.


Ad space area 4 internal


The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that the unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region in July was 7.1 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in June.

Sponsored Content


When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well.


The 26th Annual Native American Festival & Powwow, sponsored by the Butts County Historical Society, is scheduled for Sept. 12-13 at Indian Springs Hotel/Museum, 1807 Hwy. 42 S.


McIntosh 16, Fayette Co. 7 The Tigers got on the board first on a 1-yard run by Corey Andrews in the first quarter. The score remained 7-0 until the fourth quarter.


Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk.