January 31st, 2013 at 7:51 am by under Weather

The cold front that passed through Central Texas Tuesday night, and gave a few of our communities a number of garden variety thunderstorms, caused havoc through the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast yesterday, and last night.  The storm prediction center has a slew of tornado, wind damage, and hail reports from the passing system.

 

 

The town of Adairsville, located near Atlanta, Georgia, was decimated by the storm:

1619 ADAIRSVILLE BARTOW GA 3437 8493 MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTED IN DOWNTOWN ADAIRSVILLE. REPORTS OF CARS OVERTURNED AND MAJOR STRUCTURE DAMAGE(FFC)
1620 ADAIRSVILLE BARTOW GA 3437 8493 *** 1 FATAL *** MAN KILLED IN MOBILE HOME NEAR ADAIRSVILLE.EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75.(FFC)

 

Photo of damage in Adairsville,GA after the storm

 

Here is a full recap, and the radar loop from yesterday’s storm courtesy of weather.com:

 

An unusual, widespread January severe thunderstorm outbreak began on Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2013 and has delivered a swath of damaging winds and some tornadoes from the Southern Plains to the lower/middle-Mississippi Valleys, Ohio Valley, Tennessee Valley and Northeast over a 48-hour period.

Severe Outbreak Radar History

Radar loop from Jan. 29, 2013 (6am EST) through Jan. 31, 2013 (6am EST).

Severe Reports Tally (as of morning of Jan. 31)

  • 13 confirmed tornadoes in 8 states
  • 676 high wind/wind damage reports
  • 13 reports of large hail

The damage reports are plotted on the interactive map above.  Click each report to read about the damage.

Here are some of the notable reports:

  • An EF2 tornado touched down in the pre-dawn hours in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., with estimated winds of 115 mph.  Heavy damage was observed at the ballpark.  The tornado’s path length was 4.6 miles.
  • A tornado flipped numerous cars and leveled homes in Adairsville, Ga.  This same supercell thunderstorm then damaged multiple structures near Calhoun, Ga.  Roughly 100 vehicles were flipped as the tornado crossed I-75 near Calhoun.  Survey teams from the National Weather Service will investigate these areas Thursday.

Sadly, there was one fatality from the Adairsville, Ga. tornado, ending what had been a record tornado death-free streak in the U.S. of 219 consecutive days, since the last U.S. tornado death on June 24, 2012.

The old U.S. record streak was 197 straight days without a tornado fatality, ending on Feb. 28, 1987, according to Severe Weather Expert, Dr. Greg Forbes.

Damaging non-thunderstorm winds then swept into the Northeast during the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2013.  Gusts to 81 mph were measured in southern New England, including 60-65 mph gusts at both New York-LaGuardia and Boston-Logan Int’l Airports.  At least 215,000 were without power in the Northeast.

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