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EF-1 tornado confirmed in Macon County

MONTEZUMA (WALB) – National Weather Service officials confirmed a tornado did touch down Saturday in Macon County.

It destroyed one home and caused damaged to other property, but thankfully no one was killed or hurt.

One of the hardest hit parts of the county was on Highway 49 near Montezuma. A family was left homeless after the twister crumbled the concrete walls leaving only the frame standing.

"National Weather Service issued a warning at 3:28 and shortly after we had a touchdown," said Macon County EMA Director John Turner.

He says the tornado's path moved along Highway 49 and Highway 224 causing damage to several homes, uprooting trees, tearing down barns and taking down power lines.

"On Mennonite School Road, there were 3 poultry houses that were totally destroyed," he said.

NWS officials confirmed what many residents thought they saw - a funnel cloud on the ground.

"They determined it was an F-1 tornado with winds of 110 miles per hour," said Turner.

But the loss here is only to property. No lives were lost. No one was hurt.

"We have outdoor warning sirens. We have 9 and they were activated as soon as the weather service issued the warning," said Turner.

In the wake of one of the deadliest years for tornadoes on record, it is the silver lining in this storm that the sirens likely saved lives.

"Some of them that lived on 49, north of Montezuma, did hear the sirens and that's probably what saved their lives," said Turner.

 

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