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Wednesday Morning Grady Tornado Rated EF-1

A tree fell on a mobile home in Whigham
Posted at 4:32 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 11:57:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Results from a damage survey by the National Weather Service in western Grady County verify the occurrence of a "weak" tornado during the severe thunderstorm event Wednesday.

The tornado was rated EF-1 on the six-level Enhanced Fujita Scale of damage assessment.  The rating corresponds with a "weak" tornado intensity.

According to the report from the NWS, the tornado touched down southwest of Whigham, then moved northeast across U.S. 84 before lifting to the northeast of Cairo.

Peak winds were estimated at 90 mph as the twister traveled nearly 13 miles.

Damage was noted to trees, power lines, and homes near the path of the storm.  It's believe the strongest winds were encountered along Providence Road, where several trees were snapped.

The Grady County survey was the first of a few assessments to be performed by Tallahassee NWS personnel in response to the severe weather event, which likely produced tornadoes in other portions of southwest Georgia and southeast Alabama.