EF-2 or Greater Tornado Confirmed in SW Georgia

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 00:11:21-05

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - The National Weather Service is confirming a powerful tornado touched down in a southwest Georgia city where four people died.

The weather service reported a survey team concluded Monday that a tornado left a path of destruction a half-mile wide in parts of Albany. The agency said it was at least an EF-2 tornado or stronger, meaning it had winds of at least 111 to 135 mph.

Survey teams are also examining storm damage in three other Georgia counties where people died and tornadoes were reported. Those findings have not been released.Florida has its first fatality attributed to the severe weather that gripped the southern U.S. over the weekend.

Meanwhile, a death in Florida has raised the toll from the weekend storms to 20.

Columbia County Emergency Management Director Shayne Morgan says a storm passing through Lake City in northern Florida caused a tree to crash into a house. A woman was injured and later died at a nearby hospital.

The National Weather Service in Miami said on social media that two tornadoes touched down early this morning in South Florida.