Monday, March 5, 2012

The Tornado Chronicles: Haralson-Paulding County (Dallas, GA) Tornado of 3-2-12...

Note:  if you are looking for the Dallas, TX area tornadoes of 4-3-12, please go to this post.  The post below is regarding a tornado in Dallas County, Georgia earlier this year...

A strong tornado moved across Haralson and Paulding Counties in Georgia during the evening hours of Friday, March 2, 2012. The National Weather Service (NWS) survey of the tornado resulted in an intensity rating of EF-3, with maximum winds estimated at 165 mph.

Approximation of the Tornado Track

The NWS survey indicates that the tornado touched down about 6 miles West/Southwest of Felton, GA at approximately 8:09pm EST, and continued in an East/Northeasterly path for approximately 29 miles before lifting about 5 miles East/Northeast of Dallas, GA at about 8:50pm EST.

The maximum path width was about 200 yards.  One person was injured by this tornado.  Some of the worst damage produced by this tornado was along Bethlehem church road in Haralson County where a repair shop was destroyed and a house collapsed, injuring a person inside.  This is where the EF-3 rating and 200 yard wide damage path took place.

Below are some of the damage photos from along the tornado's path:

Poole Elementary School in Dallas, GA

Damage to a home in the Clear Creek Subdivision

Further damage is shown in the YouTube videos below:

If you are interested in this tornado event, please bookmark this post and check back for updates as additional information becomes available.

This tornado was just one of many associated with the outbreak that took place across the Midwest, Ohio and Tennessee Valley region on Friday, March 2, 2012.  Please see this post for a "Table of Contents" index listing of the other Tornado Chronicles posts associated with the outbreak.

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