Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Twister Damage at $100 Million; 'VIOLENT' STORMS the Strongest of 15 Tornadoes Was Said to Have Up to 180 MPH Winds. DESTROYED PROPERTY an 8,000-Pound Boat Landed on a Building in McIntosh County

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Twister Damage at $100 Million; 'VIOLENT' STORMS the Strongest of 15 Tornadoes Was Said to Have Up to 180 MPH Winds. DESTROYED PROPERTY an 8,000-Pound Boat Landed on a Building in McIntosh County

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The National Weather Service says Sunday's severe weather spawned 15 tornadoes in Georgia, and estimates of damage from the storms have reached $100 million, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said.

The strongest of the so-called "Mother's Day tornadoes" was an EF3 in Treutlen County, which had winds between 136 and 165 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The National Weather Service in Charleston, S.C., differs, saying the tornado that struck McIntosh County about 10 a.m. was a "violent EF4" with winds of 170 to 180 mph.

Most of the twisters were an EF2, with winds between 111 mph and 135 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The first tornadoes touched down shortly after 4 a.m. in Carroll and Troup counties. The last was one that struck St. Simons Island at 2:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service said it based its findings in McIntosh County on radar and witness reports.

Among the details of that investigation are:

- The tornado formed at 9:52 a. …

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