Thursday night, an E-F3 tornado, defined as involving winds in the range of 158-206 mph, hit Gordon County, prompting a curfew.
County officials at at the Gordon County public safety joint command operations center declared a 10 p.m. curfew Thursday night, asking residents to stay at home until 7 a.m. [Friday] morning.
Public safety officials were still on scene midmorning Friday directing traffic at the intersection of Campbell and Boone Ford Roads while workers repaired damaged power lines in the area.
According to North Georgia EMC, about 3,000 customers in Gordon County were without power after the storms Thursday night.
Floyd County was also hit on Thursday night by an EF-2 tornado with measured winds in the range of 113-157 mph.
Meteorologist Mike Leary, with the weather service’s Peachtree City, Ga., office, said crews still were assessing storm damage in Floyd County on Friday afternoon. He said more tornado touchdowns in Gordon and other counties could be confirmed today.
In Floyd County, the twister touched down at 4:55 p.m. and reached speeds of 125 mph, Leary said. The tornado, 20 yards wide, moved along an eight-mile swath.
The storm left 23 houses destroyed and 130 damaged, said Floyd County Emergency Management Director Scotty Hancock. Thirty-four businesses were damaged and six destroyed, he said.
Thousands of Floyd County residents were still without electricity Friday evening, he said, as power lines remained down throughout the area.
More than 3000 homes and businesses in Rome were without power on Friday, as Georgia Power brought in crews from other states to help restore electric service.
Finally, Coweta County was hit by an EF-1 tornado.
Jones said the funnel was on the ground for about a mile and was 100 yards wide.
An F1 tornado — considered moderate by rating agencies — has winds of 73-112 miles per hour.
There were several downed electric lines and power outages. Lines were down in the Mount Carmel Road area, Polk Road, West Grantville Road and Highway 54 at Gordon Road, Jones said.
Power was out in the Mount Carmel Road area until about 8 p.m. Thursday, while the Moreland area didn’t get power back until about 3 a.m. Friday, he added.
Published reports said about 15 people were injured throughout the state as the storms rolled through. Georgia Power estimated more than 19,000 lost power at some point.