Confirmed Tornado Damages Geneva County Homes

By: Brandon Rook (Additional Info by Sean Sporman)
By: Brandon Rook (Additional Info by Sean Sporman)

It's been a little more than 24 hours since severe storms tore through southeastern Geneva County. Residents are cleaning up left over debris but that's the least of their worries.

Geneva County resident Mable Smith had to take cover for an unexpected storm.

"It got bigger, it looked like a whirlwind to start with and then it just on getting bigger. I just slammed the door to run to the hall closet," said Smith.

The heavy storm damaged power lines, trees and homes.

"I was a little upset but I'm fine and everybody else is okay and that's all that matters," said Smith.

Smith's brother-in-law Angus was affected by the heavy winds as well. He and his wife Margie lost their roof.

"The ceiling popped and cracked and I heard metal tearing and then all of sudden it got quiet and all we could hear was rain, it had got dark and the wind started blowing," said Margie Smith.

Making Smith's Mother's Day weekend very unique and stressful but she says it's been a blessing to see another day.

"In a way it has changed the meaning of the day but everybody has been so good. The neighbors have been good and have tried their best to make this a good weekend," said Margie Smith.

A weekend that has left these residents picking up the pieces and trying to rebuild their community.

On Sunday, it was confirmed by the National Weather Service that an EF-1 tornado, with winds estimated to be around 105 miles per hour, was on the ground for 2.2 miles in Geneva County. There was no Tornado Watch or organized risk of severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center at the time, and no other damaging storms occurred in the Wiregrass at that time.

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