Georgia tornado 900 yards wide, blew 160 mph

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 7:23 AM
Last updated 7:49 PM
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ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Authorities believe a tornado swelled to 900 yards wide -- more than four times the width of the Georgia Dome -- and as it tore across northwest Georgia for nearly 22 miles.

Tornado left destruction in north Georgia  AP
Tornado left destruction in north Georgia

National Weather Service officials say the Wednesday twister had an estimated peak wind speed of 160 mph when it slammed into Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Crews that toured the destruction Thursday rated the tornado, which destroyed more than 60 buildings in Bartow and Gordon counties, as a strong EF3 twister.

The heaviest damage was found at the Daiki Corp. manufacturing plant in Adairsville, where the 160 mph winds struck. That is just shy of an EF4 tornado, which has winds of 166 mph and above.

The tornado killed an Adairsville man and injured 17 people.

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Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 02/01/13 - 09:46 am
Prayers and condolences to

Prayers and condolences to Adairsville residents as you begin the recovery process. God is with you.

rmwhitley 02/01/13 - 05:44 pm
My wife supervises

a student teacher in Adairsville. Had to go there yesterday. The damage is unbelievable and I'm so sorry for the 51 year old man who perished. I can not believe no one else passed away.

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