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.