National Weather Service confirms 2 EF-1 tornadoes in Cherokee
by TCT Staff
June 14, 2013 11:40 AM | 4547 views | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials have now determined the thunderstorms that swept through Cherokee County Thursday evening produced two tornadoes and widespread damaging winds.

Nine people received minor injuries and thousands were left without power as a result of the storm.

Roads in at least three areas were still closed in the city of Canton Friday afternoon, including Hickory Flat Highway between Interstate 575 and Marietta Road, secondary streets in the Oakdale Road area and Marietta Road on Copper Mine Hill.

The stretch of Highway 140 off Exit 16 off Interstate 575 was not expected to be cleared until Saturday.

Representatives from the National Weather Service and Cherokee County Emergency Management toured the damaged areas Friday and after assessing where damage occurred throughout the county, said one tornado touched down in Canton and another touched down in the south end of the county. Both were classified as EF-1 tornadoes.

The tornado that touched down in Canton contained winds of 105 mph.

National Weather Service representatives were still out Friday afternoon touring the area where a second tornado with winds of about 110 mph touched down in Cherokee County within a tenth of a mile of the Cobb County line along Woodhaven Drive, bringing down trees and large limbs.

The second tornado then tracked southeast through Cobb County with some of the most significant damage near Bishop Lake where dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted, many causing damage to homes, the report from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management said.

Slideshow of the Damage on the Tribune Facebook Page.
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