National Weather Service confirms Laurens tornado

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 22, 2014 

The National Weather Service has confirmed that severe storm damage in Laurens County on Friday was caused by a tornado.

A survey team that went to county graded the twister an EF-2 that cut a 17-mile swath after touching down near the Dublin airport. It ended in Johnson County about five miles southeast of Wrightsville.

Alex Gibbs, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said the tornado had a maximum wind speed of 125 mph and a maximum width of 200 yards.

It downed 300 to 500 trees, damaged 59 homes and destroyed one home, he said.

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