Was Wednesday's severe weather rare?

A tree blocks Barfield Rd. in south Macon following storms on November 7/Perry Smith (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. - Wednesday's storms, and their power, caught many Middle Georgian's off guard, including this meteorologist. When it was all said and done, we know at least 7 Middle Georgia counties reported storm damage.

After the wind calmed down Wednesday evening, we had viewers ask if weather like that was normal for November.

According to records from the National Weather Service, Georgia does see an uptick in tornado development in November. While it's not as common as the spring months, the fall months do bring a smaller-scale severe weather season to Middle Georgia.

The National Weather Service archive shows two fatal tornadoes in Middle Georgia's record just on November 8th.

In 1989, an F-2 tornado touched down in Wilcox County. The twister damaged a peanut warehouse before moving into a residential area where it destroyed 3 mobile homes, killing 1 person and injuring 8 others. Property damage was estimated at $250,000.

In 1996, an F-2 tornado touched down near Chester in Dodge County, blowing the tin roof off an older home and blowing a steeple off a church. The tornado also destroyed a double-wide mobile home in which a 7-year-old girl was killed and six other family members were injured. The victims were found as far as 200 yards away from where the mobile home stood. The tornado then moved into Laurens County and destroyed 2 mobile homes near Dexter. No one was injured in Laurens County.

The intensity of Wednesday's storms, admittedly, caught us off guard. But generally speaking, we've reached the time of year when severe weather will become common once again.

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