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Confirmed Hurricane Michael tornado slammed Crawford County couple with 110 mph winds

Wayne Granade’s smashed garage, or what is left of it, after a Hurricane Michael-wrought EF-1 twister destroyed it Wednesday.
Wayne Granade’s smashed garage, or what is left of it, after a Hurricane Michael-wrought EF-1 twister destroyed it Wednesday. jkovac@macon.com

Most Middle Georgians escaped hurricane force winds as Michael blew through, but not a Crawford County Couple.

Wayne and Sharon Granade huddled under a couch with their Chihuahua-Yorkie mix dog, Lexus, as 110 mph winds demolished their garage at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed a strong EF-1 tornado spawned about 4 miles south of Roberta in the outer feeder bands of the powerful hurricane that neared catastrophic Category 5 status of 157 mph winds as it made landfall at Mexico Beach, Florida.

The tornado’s force was near Category 3 hurricane strength on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

The survey crew determined the tornado touched down along Carroll Road and snapped a few trees and branches.

The twister intensified as it moved west toward the Granades’ home on Flint River Estates Road.

Multiple trees snapped 10 to 20 feet from the ground while others were uprooted.

Crawford County, Georgia, resident Wayne Granade describes being hit by EF-1 tornado spawned Oct. 10, 2018, by Hurricane Michael.

The Granades’ open garage was obliterated as the workshop bore the full brunt of the 110 mph winds.

The tornado tracked westward, snapping more trees that fell on a home as the storm crossed Ga. 128 and Hortman Road before lifting near Walker Chapel Road.

The twister tracked 4.3 miles with a 250-yard wide path.

Additional study is needed on another suspected tornado that hit in Fort Valley in Peach County.

The survey team found tree damage near where a small area of rotation was detected about 4 miles south of Fort Valley.

The weather experts from the Peachtree City office of the National Weather Service also confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down near Atlanta just after 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.

That storm tracked from 2.4 miles south-southwest of downtown Atlanta and lifted after tracking a little over a mile.

On Dill Avenue, several trees were snapped in peak winds of up to 80 mph.

The tornado crossed Ga. 29 or Lee Street, snapping several more trees on Avon Avenue between Princess Avenue and Wyland Drive.

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