Update: Deadly Adairsville, Ga., Tornado Rated an EF-3

By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 3, 2013; 11:52 AM ET
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In this image made from video and released by WSB-TV in Atlanta, a tornado moves through the town of Adairsville, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013. (AP Photo/WSB TV)

Update at 10:00 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 1, 2013:

The National Weather Service survey team from the Peachtree City NWS office released their storm report.

A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Ga. surveyed the damage caused by a supercell thunderstorm that tracked across northwest Bartow and central Gordon counties from approximately 11:15 a.m. EST to 11:55 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Photo Blog: Tornado Damage in Adairsville, Ga.

Rating: High-end EF-3
Estimated peak wind: 160 mph
Path length: 21.8 miles
Path's maximum width: 900 yards
Fatalities: One
Injuries: 17/9 in Bartow County and eight in Gordon County.
Start time: 11:12 a.m. EST
End time: 11:43 a.m. EST
Start location: 2.4 mi sw Adairsville, Bartow County
End location: 14.3 mi ne Calhoun, near Oakman/Gordon County

In Bartow County, at least 95 structures were damaged. Thirty-one were destroyed, 17 sustained major damage and 47 had minor damage. Most of the damage was a result of trees falling on homes in downtown adairsville. In Gordon County, 268 homes structures were impacted. Of these, 30 were completely destroyed, 110 had major damage and another 70 had minor damage. 202 of these were single family homes and 66 were mobile homes.

Update at 5:45 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013:

A National Weather Service survey team, a group of meteorologists from the Peachtree City NWS office, continue to survey damage caused by a supercell thunderstorm that tracked across Bartow and Gordon counties from 11:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

Preliminary storm survey information has been released. The Adairsville tornado has been rated an EF-3 with maximum winds of 160 mph. The twister was long-lived with a path length of 24.5 miles and a maximum path width of 400 yards.

In Gordon County alone, 202 homes were damaged, with 110 of them sustaining major damage. Thirty homes were completely demolished.

The assessment in Bartow County is still ongoing.

Storm Survey Report
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Wednesday's severe weather turned deadly when a possible tornado touched down in northwestern Georgia. The storm killed a man mobile home near Adairsville, Bartow County, Ga. An emergency manager confirmed that the wind overturned approximately 100 cars near exit 306 on I-75. The winds also overturned several cars at a McDonald's restaurant in Adairsville.

In nearby Gordon County, Ga., the same tornado torne down numerous trees and powerlines. Eight injuries were reported, several homes were damaged and seven poultry homes were destroyed.

"The setup for Wednesday's tornado, it was almost the same setup that you'd see in the Plains in the spring," AccuWeather Meteorologist Henry Margusity said. "It was the cooler, dryer air coming in from West meeting up with the warm and humid airmass coming up from the South. There was also a lot of energy in the jet stream that was coming through at the time. All the ingredients came together across northern Georgia for that tornado to develop."


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