NWS confirms at least 3 tornadoes touched down across Georgia on Thursday

TROUP COUNTY, Ga. — The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornados touched down across Georgia during Thursday’s violent storms.

Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a State of Emergency for all of Georgia.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan says two of those tornadoes touched down in the Channel 2 Action News viewing area.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brad Nitz and Monahan tracked the tornadoes and other severe storms for almost three hours on Channel 2 Action News.

The tornadoes touched down in Spalding and Troup/Meriwether counties. An initial report of a tornado in DeKalb County was dropped.


The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that they found two separate tornado tracks in Spalding County. It said the storm that touched down on the north side of Griffin was an EF-3 storm, which means winds reached between 136 mph and 165 mph.

The other storm touched down on the east side of Griffin. NWS is still working to finalize the windspeeds of both storms.

Damage surveys could take days. NWS survey teams were out in Troup, Meriwether, and Pike counties as well on Friday. They are expected to look into other spots over the next couple of days.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News throughout the day, as we have crews in some of the hardest-hit areas.