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CRAWFORD COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado touched down in Crawford County, impacting dozens of homes and structures. Now the community is beginning the clean-up process.
Families off Flint Rivers Estates and Highway 128 are just trying to figure out “what’s next for them” as they clean up from Wednesday night’s tornado.
“A boom, and trees went to falling and I went to running,” resident Bradley Lewis said.
He recalls just relaxing outside as tornado sirens echoed parts of Crawford County.
“I was on the back porch when it rung up and I heard trees falling and I was like I’m going in the house and I went back in the hall,” he said.
Trees and debris cover Lewis’ yard. Along with siding falling off and by the grace of someone above, he made it out the porch safely before a tree fell on the back of the house.
“It’s just a big ole’ mess,” Lewis said.
The National Weather service did confirm a tornado did touch down before Hurricane Michael barreled through.
“We did have, what we suspect is a tornado, that came down or came close to touching down on the Flint Rivers Estate area off of 128,” Crawford County EMA Director Rick Sharon said.
According to Sharron, the tornado damaged nearly 12 homes and structures. By the afternoon, over 1,100 people were still in the dark.
“Residents right now, again, is to be patient the power will come on,” Sharon said.
Crews are working to restore power.
Sharon says all roads are clear of debris. Currently, EMA is working on assessing damages and making sure there’s no further responses needed.
There are no reported injuries or fatalities