Three Tornadoes Hit Clarke CountyBy JENNIFER BOZEMAN,
The tornado warning sirens blared throughout Quitman Saturday night, April 13, as severe weather caused wide-spread damage and power outages throughout the county. Luckily there were no injuries or deaths to report.
The National Weather Service in Jackson surveyed areas Monday and determined three tornadoes passed through Clarke County between 11 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. resulting in many downed trees, minor damage to homes, damages to two cemeteries and the destruction of a church. Living Church of God on County Road 280 was destroyed, along with damage to the Pleasant Grove/Silver Spree Cemetery (CR 210) and Cokes Chapel Church cemetery (CR 250).
The first tornado hit Southwest Clarke County in the Nancy/Beaverdam area as an EF-1 with winds at 110 mph. It was seven miles long and 300 yards wide, lasting for 10 minutes.
Number 2 hit Central Clarke County through Harmony as EF-1 with 95 mph winds, 4.57 miles long, 200 yards wide, lasting 5 minutes.
The third tornado hit Northeast Quitman, beginning at Archusa Creek Waterpark and ending just past Clarkco State Park/Mont Rose area as an EF-2 with winds of 113 mph, 6.13 miles long and 400 yards wide, lasting seven minutes.
Crews immediately went to work surveying the areas for injuries and to secure everyone’s safety.
“I want to praise our public works departments, our county road crews, utilities crews, fire departments and first responders for taking care of and ensuring the safety of the citizens,” said Eddie Ivy, Emergency Management Director.
As of presstime Tuesday, all roads had been cleared except CR 216 and 140 where the power company was still working on lines.