The National Weather Service has confirmed that a storm passing through Banks County Wednesday night, May 14, was a tornado.
“Banks County EMA has been doing preliminary damage assessments and we have been out with the National Weather Service who confirmed that it was an EF1 with at least a 200 yard wide track that we were able to track for at least nine miles,” Deidra Moore, Banks County EMA/E-911 director said. “It wasn’t on the ground the entire time and fortunately we have no severe structural damage or injuries from the tornado. It did originate; initially touch down, at Wright Street at Scales Creek Road and it moved in a northeastern direction from there. We all feel that we experienced nothing short of a miracle to not have more damage than we have had.”
Substantial winds and flooding were reported with the worst being near midnight when calls began reporting high winds with trees down. Banks County public safety workers received 13 storm related calls.
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