Tornado in Fort Stewart

On Feb 3rd, severe weather forced residents across the Lowcountry to take shelter as severe thunderstorms and a tornado passed through Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties on Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the three counties about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Shortly after the warning was issued, a tornado heading northeast at 35 mph was reported at Fort Stewart, leaving structural damage to several houses and downed power lines in its wake. The damage left about 40 to 50 people in Hinesville looking for alternative housing.  The tornado stayed on the ground for about 10 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

We are in Chatham County (Under Warning) and 35 miles NE of Fort Stewart.  The cell that spawned the tornado headed our direction and in fact, passed right over us but had lost a chunk of it’s energy.

During the 2 hour period, I spent most of it advising motorists traveling home from work of the storm status, location and direction via Ham Radio.  I had a news channel and a radar screen up in my radio room.

Here are a few pictures (not mine) of the storm….

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