National Weather Service confirms tornado hit south Macon


    MACON, Ga. -- Anyone who suspected a tornado hit Macon this week turned out to be right, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

    On Friday the NWS said its survey for Wednesday's severe weather confirmed there was at least one tornado in south Bibb County in addition to the severe thunderstorms hitting Macon and other areas of Middle Georgia.

    The NWS and Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency said the tornado rated as an EF-0, had a peak wind strength of 80 miles per hour, had a path length of 7.6 miles and was about 200 yards wide.

    The NWS said there might have been other tornadoes during the storm, is working with local officials to check out potential areas and will send an update in the next few days.

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    Wednesday's tornado or storms didn't cause any injuries or fatalities, according to NWS officials.

    The NWS said the "weak tornado" reportedly touched down near Sardis Church Rd. and Hartley Bridge Rd. where several trees snapped and left one fallen tree on a home. There were also trees snapped or uprooted from Barfield Rd. to areas near I-75.

    NWS officials also reported a church along Skipper Rd. sustained damage and said they believe that's where the strongest winds of around 80 mph happened. From there, the tornado reportedly passed through the Skipperto Rd. area where it damaged several more trees before lifting just east of Highway 129/Hawkinsville Rd.

    The NWS said EF-0 tornadoes are considered among the weakest category, with wind strengths ranging from 65-85 mph. After getting feedback from viewers about the storm, WGXA's Jeff Cox answered the question, 'Was Wednesday's severe weather rare?'

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