Wednesday November 25th, 2015 10:22PM

Midwest tornado outbreak not that unusual

By Ken Stanford Reporter
UNDATED - Late-season tornado outbreaks, like the one a week ago in the Midwest, are not all that unusual - and Georgia has seen its share of them over the years, including two in the last 40 years in northeast Georgia.

In fact, Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for, says there is a secondary severe weather season that occurs during October and November, which favors the Deep South. The primary season, nationwide, is in the spring. (See link below.)

While rare, he adds, tornadoes reaching as far north as the Midwest and mid-Atlantic are not unheard of during November. Occasionally, a small number of the tornadoes can be rather strong.

In the last 40 years, northeast Georgia and other parts of the Deep South have been struck by late-season tornadoes at least twice.


A Nov. 22, 1992, twister that struck Lumpkin County was one of several across three southern states that day - Georgia, Alabama and South Carolins.

One person was killed and seven injured in the Lumpkin County storm, an F-3, which struck shortly after noon and heavily damaged R&R Ranch. There were also tornadoes that day in Georgia in Walker, Catoosa, DeKalb, Dade, Cobb, Cherokee, Spalding, Henry, Muscogee, Talbot, Monroe, Jones, Putnam, Greene and Wilkes counties. DeKalb, Dade and Monroe were each hit by two twisters. In addition, there were five fatalities cause by the twister that hit Putnam and Greene counties. Statewide, there were 144 injuries in Georgia caused by the series of tornadoes.

Two days later, twisters tore through Worth and Ben Hill counties in Georgia, injuring another nine people.


Another late-season, noontime twister struck northeast Georgia on Dec. 13, 1973. This one roared across parts of northern Hall County. It cut a swath of damage as it crossed Thompson Bridge Road, Park Hill Drive and Riverside Drive. Much of the damage occurred in the Riverbend area on Park Hill. There were no fatalities but 21 people were injured and the storm, also an F-3, caused extensive damage, especially in the Riverbend area.
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