Bacon County, Georgia January 4 EF-1 Tornado

…STORM SURVEY FOR THE BACON COUNTY GEORGIA EF-1 TORNADO…

RATING:                 EF-1
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  6.2 MILES (10 KM)
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30-50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               2 (1 CRITICAL)

START DATE:             JAN 4 2015
START TIME:             103 PM EST
START LOCATION:         3 MILES ESE OF ALMA / BACON / GA
LAT/LON:                31.5345 / -82.4286
END LOCATION:           3 MILES NE OF NEW LACY / BACON / GA
END_LAT/LON:            31.5719 / -82.3597

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SURVEY SUMMARY: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE
CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY ON JANUARY 5TH IN BACON COUNTY GEORGIA. OUR
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST CONDUCTED THE SURVEY…WITH ALMA-BACON
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT…DETERMINING THAT THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN
APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ALMA NEAR RADIO STATION ROAD
AROUND 103 PM EST JANUARY 4, 2015. HIGH END EF-1 DAMAGE WAS NOTED AND
CONFINED ALONG THE TORNADO PATH EAST OF JOHNSON LAKE ROAD ALONG GEORGIA
STATE ROAD 32. IN THIS PATH OF THE TORNADO THERE WERE TWO MOBILE
HOMES THAT HAD ENHANCED DAMAGE INCLUDING A DOUBLEWIDE TRAILOR WHERE THE
WALLS WERE SEPARATED…FRAME BENT AND FLIPPED ON ITS SIDE. THERE WERE
ALSO LARGE TREES SNAPPED ALONG THE PATH. EF-0 DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG
MOST OF THE PATH AS THE TORNADO WENT FROM RADIO STATION ROAD TO MCCARTY
LANE TO FLOWER ROAD…WITH THE TORNADO STRENGTHENING TO EF-1 INTENSITY
AS THE STORM APPROACHED GEORGIA STATE ROAD 32. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO
MOVE NORTHEAST AND WEAKENED AS IT CROSSED TEN MILE CREEK INTO MALLARD
ROAD AND TERMINATED ITS TRACK BY BOBWHITE ROAD. THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF
THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 30 TO 50 YARDS NEAR GEORGIA STATE ROAD
32. BACON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED THAT 2 MOBILE HOMES WERE
DESTROYED WITH TWO INJURIES…ONE WAS CRITICAL IN THE VICINITY OF WHEN
THE TORNADO WAS THE STRONGEST AS AN EF-1…WITH WINDS OF 100 TO 110
MPH. THE ONE CRITICAL INJURY WAS FEMALE AND HAD TO BE LIFE-FLIGHTED TO
SAVANNAH.

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Below is a home video of a possible tornado that moved through Bacon County east of Alma. This video was sent by WSAV in Savannah via one of their TV viewers.

Bacon County falls “in between” Doppler Radar sites at Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, and Robins Air Force Base near Warner Robins, GA.  The closest radar data to this event was from Moody Air Force Base, with the lowest available scan sampling data from more than 4,000 feet above the ground in Bacon County.  Storm relative velocity scans from the Moody Air Force Base Doppler Radar revealed at least two short-lived and broad rotational signatures in Bacon County at the time of the tornado. Much of the rotation within this broken squall line of showers and thunderstorms moving through Bacon County was likely occurring below 4000 feet.

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NWS Storm Survey Team to Investigate Storm Damage in Bacon County GA This Morning

A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS BACON COUNTY GEORGIA EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON...PRODUCING DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS JUST EAST OF ALMA IN THE VICINITY OF THE TOWN OF ROCKINGHAM ALONG GEORGIA HIGHWAY 32. REPORTS FROM BACON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INDICATED THAT 2 MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED...INJURING TWO PEOPLE...ONE CRITICALLY. OTHER HOMES IN THE AREA WERE REPORTEDLY DAMAGED. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE IS SENDING A DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM TO BACON COUNTY ON THIS MORNING TO DETERMINE IF THIS SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS THE RESULT OF A TORNADO OR FROM STRAIGHT LINE WINDS FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM.

Below are two zoomed-in damage photos of the affected mobile homes via WALB in Albany, GA, along with a Facebook photo sent into Action News in Jacksonville from a viewer.  Bacon County Emergency Manager reported that these 2 mobile homes were destroyed, injuring 2 people.  One of the injured was critical and one was life-flighted to Savannah. Additional homes were reportedly damaged. 

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Below is a home video of a possible tornado that moved through Bacon County east of Alma. This video was sent by WSAV is Savannah via one of their TV viewers. 

An addition update will be sent to via this blog, our webpage, Facebook and Twitter once the survey is completed by this afternoon.