Tift County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Jones said Friday afternoon that it has been determined that the damage near Highway 82 and Carpenter Road was caused by a “small weak tornado,” according to the National Weather Service.
Jones said the small tornado was moving from west to east, just south of Highway 82. The damage path was a mile long and ended at or near Walmart. However, he said the other wind damage in Tift County was attributed to straight line winds, according to the National Weather Service.
The estimated wind speed of the tornado was 85 to 90 miles per hour, and the estimated wind speed of the straight line winds was around 70 miles per hour, said Jones.