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WEDNESDAY NIGHT STORM CLASSIFIED AS EF-1 TORNADO

Written by Matt Davis on February 24, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The storm that ripped through Floyd County on Wednesday night has been classified as an EF 1 tornado, Floyd County Emergency Management Agency Director Scotty Hancock confirmed yesterday.  The tornado caused destroyed a number of homes and substantial damage to 50 to 100 buildings, according to Hancock.  There were also numerous downed trees and limbs.  The damage primarily occurred in the Kingston Road area.  Crews worked Wednesday night thru the day yesterday to restore power to some 2,000 customers left with outages.  Power outages led to the cancellation of classes for schools in the Model district, including Model Elementary, Middle and High School, Johnson Elementary and the Floyd County Education Center.  According to Tim Hensley with the Floyd County School system, all of those will be open today.

Hancock shared the National Weather Service’s assessment of Wednesday night’s tornado.  It indicates that the EF-1 tornado touched down in Floyd County around 10:15 pm just west of the Maplewood Subdivision in Rome and traveled 3.25 miles with a maximum path width of 75 miles and a maximum estimated wind speed of 95 miles per hour.

Hancock says that stormy weather always serves as a good reminder to make sure that you are signed up for Floyd County’s CodeRed weather alert system.  You can do so by contacting the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency.  Reach them via phone at (706) 236-5002 or find them online at www.romefloyd.com.

Floyd County’s CodeRed weather alert system notifies local residents of storms approaching their specific area.

Floyd County residents braced for more stormy weather that was predicted for last night; fortunately, it did not happen.  A balmy day was enjoyed by local residents yesterday with record highs in the upper 70s.  There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms forecasted for today with windy conditions.  Winds could gust as high as 30 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Any major storms today are expected to occur south of Atlanta.

By:  Elizabeth Davis

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