UPDATE: NWS confirms EF1 tornado touched down

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

6 p.m.

GIBSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- News 12's Laura Warren spent the afternoon talking to residents who witnessed the tornado.

Dianne Newsome lived in the a mobile home that was taken off its foundation.

"They had to kick the door in order for us to get out of my room," she said."

It was a terrifying night for several families in the quiet town of Gibson, and the terror from the storm was followed by a devastating morning as families surveyed the damage.

"What am I going to do? Where am I going to live? I don't really have the money to get this fixed," Newsome said.

3:35 p.m.

GIBSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- The National Weather Service has released more information about the tornado that hit Gibson, Ga., Tuesday night.

Information on tornado:

  • Rating: EF1
  • Estimated Peak Wind: 100 mph
  • Path Length: 3.24 miles
  • Path Width: 150 yards

News release from Glascock County EMA:
"A field meteorologist with the National Weather Service has now determined that an EF1 Tornado, with wind speeds estimated at 100 miles per hour, touched down around 7 o'clock Tuesday evening, along a three and quarter mile stretch on the northern side of Glascock County. The storm left a path of damage estimated at 150 yards wide.

The National Weather Service says the tornado did not register on their radar, in Peachtree City, however, the storms that moved through the area Tuesday were low level and fast moving.

The Glascock County Emergency Management Agency, with the help of the Glascock County Sheriff's Office and GEMA, spent the majority of the morning Wednesday assessing the damage. Three homes were damaged during the storm, but it appears Magnolia Baptist Church suffered the worst damage.

Community volunteers will be meeting at the Magnolia Baptist Church on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. to begin the cleanup process. Anyone interested in assisting in the cleanup is asked to meet at the church on Saturday morning."

2:20 p.m.

GIBSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Glascock County on Tuesday night with winds around 95 mph.

1:30 p.m.

News 12 has learned the pastor of the church destroyed by a possible tornado in Glascock County Tuesday night also lost his home to a fire on Monday.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

GIBSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Glascock Emergency Management Agency says at least three homes and a church were damaged in a possible tornado just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Glascock Emergency Management Agency says a mobile home was moved from its foundation, a tree struck another and another home suffered roof and window damage.

At its peak, 22 people people were without power and power lines were down along Magnolia Church Road.

A temporary shelter was set up for those who were without power.

EMA Director Mike Lyons initially said a tornado touched down.

The Magnolia Baptist Church off Highway 171 sustained significant damage, but no one was said to be inside at the time of the storm.

Jennifer Pennington, director of the Augusta chapter of the Red Cross, says volunteers were sent out to Gibson Tuesday night and were able to help two families who were affected by the storm with food, shelter and clothing. A third family is expected to receive assistance on Wednesday.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

The National Weather Service is currently surveying the damage to try to figure out if a tornado did, in fact, touch down on Tuesday night.


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