The National Weather Service says an E-F-two tornado touched down briefly in Mansfield, Georgia on Friday (4/19) afternoon as a line of strong storms moved east through.
According to the NWS, a twister with winds between one-hundred and five to one-hundred-15 miles per hour was on the ground for about seven miles in Mansfield, which is located in Newton County.
Witnesses said they saw a funnel cloud, heard noise and then ran for cover.
NWS reports power poles and trees were blown down. Fire officials said that five to eight homes were destroyed, another half-dozen homes were severely damaged and then another 12 suffered minor damage.
Saturday (4/20) Emergency workers blocked off the neighborhood as they worked to clear the debris.
Around 30 people were looking for shelter on Friday night after their homes were damaged. The Red Cross was assisting them find places to stay. The Salvation Army was providing hot meals to some of those displaced.
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