Mansfield Tornado Damages Buildings, Injures One

By Vickie Frantz, Staff Writer
April 21, 2013; 5:48 AM ET
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A tornado touched down in the town of Mansfield, Ga., at about 1 p.m. EDT Friday.

"The storms moved through at the time of the tornado, there was one half to an inch of rain with some areas locally seeing higher amounts," AccuWeather Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said. "At the nearest observation site 45-50 miles away, a 54 mph wind gust was recorded."

Pindrock said the weather conditions at the time the tornado was reported was perfect for tornado formation. "A combination of wind shear, moisture and warm air along the edge of the storm made the conditions right to sustain a tornado."

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Willis said, "A survey team is on their way there now to rate the intensity of the tornado and we will have more information later this evening."

An earlier survey showed major damage to six to eight homes, 10 homes had moderate damage and multiple homes have minor damage. Most of the damage occurred in the Hardman, Kellogg and Pine Street areas. Some damage was also observed along Loyd Road.

"Only one injury has been reported. A woman was injured when she became trapped in a building," Willis said. The woman is being treated at a local hospital.


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