11 tornadoes confirmed in Georgia

tfain@macon.comMay 13, 2008 

The National Weather Service has now confirmed that 11 tornadoes hit Georgia on Sunday, and more may be added as reports are finalized.

Survey teams have now said a tornado near Soperton achieved EF3 status — meaning it was even stronger than the tornados that did massive damage in south Macon and killed a man in Laurens County. The EF3 rating means winds hit somewhere between 136 and 165 mph, according to the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

The tornado hit Treutlen and Montgomery counties about 7:15 a.m. and the damage path was 7 miles long and 150 yards wide, the service reported. One two-story house had its second floor removed and numerous sheds and other outbuildings were destroyed along the path, the service reported.

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