Tornado confirmed in far North Georgia on Aug. 20 - CBS46 News

Tornado confirmed in far North Georgia on Aug. 20

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File photo of lightning from Jim Pennucci File photo of lightning from Jim Pennucci

A tornado touchdown has been confirmed in far north Georgia by the National Weather Service.

The tornado started in east Murray County at 6:27 p.m. on Aug. 20 and eventually tracked into northwest Gilmer County.

The tornado was on the ground for about 2 minutes.

Hundreds of trees were damaged, in addition to nearby homes, due to the tornado and strong winds that accompanied the storm.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF-1 with 95 mph winds. This is considered a weak tornado compared to the most violent tornado which is an EF-5.

The tornado touched down on a day that saw 24 severe thunderstorm warnings issued in the CBS46 viewing area, all for strong winds.

A gustnado was also captured on camera by a resident in Ellijay. A gustnado can appear to look like a tornado, but is not a twister. Gustnadoes typically develop at the leading edge of strong thunderstorms.

According to the National Weather Service, the actual tornado occurred more than 10 minutes before the gustnado was captured on camera. In addition. the picture of the gustnado was taken in Ellijay, while the tornado occurred in northwest Gilmer county.

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