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Officials: EF-1 tornado touched down in Banks Co.

Officials: EF-1 tornado touched down in Banks Co.

ATLANTA -- The National Weather Service says Wednesday night's windstorm spawned a tornado in Banks County.

Officials called the storm a "high-end" EF-1 category tornado with wind speeds estimated at 107 miles per hour. They said the storm initially touched down in a heavily wooded area near the intersection of Wright Street and Scales Creek Road, about 1.4 miles north of Homer. The storm moved northeast from there, before lifting about 9.1 miles northeast of Homer.

The storm track was at least 200 yards wide, and, according to National Weather Service officials, was on the ground for 7.8 miles. No severe structural damage or injuries resulted from the tornado.

The tornado snapped tree trunks and caused minor roof damage to one home.

Clearing today - next chance of rain Sunday

Clearing today - next chance of rain Sunday

Skies will begin clearing by late afternoon. It will be a touch breezy with highs only near 70.

Sunshine returns Friday, but temperatures will remain below average (High: 71). The few waves will move quickly through our area over the weekend. We will start off with sunshine Saturday, but clouds will fill in during the afternoon. Highs will be in the low 70s. Sunday, look for a few more clouds and a 20% chance for showers. Highs on Sunday will be in the mid 70s.

Today's Pollen: 31 Trees: Medium: Oak, Hickory/Pecan | Grass: Low | Weeds: Low

Rain tonight, clearing tomorrow

Rain tonight, clearing tomorrow

Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says some thunder and lightning, heavy rain, and the possibility of some strong winds are likely to remain with us overnight. The rains will likely continue early Thursday, but move out of the area by mid-morning. 

Cooler weather will prevail with temps only reaching the lower 70s Thursday afternoon. High temps will remain in the low to mid 70s through the weekend, with partly to mostly sunny skies. The nice weather continues into the beginning of next week.

5pm Storm track update

Wednesday 2pm Weather Update

T-Storms and strong winds possible this afternoon

T-Storms and strong winds possible this afternoon

Clouds will thicken this afternoon with isolated showers popping up. Highs will be in the low 80s. The rain and thunderstorms will become more wide spread tonight ahead of a cold front pushing east. The rain will be heavy at times, with a few thunderstorms. Although we are not expect wide spread severe thunderstorms, there could be some isolated severe storms.

The rain will continue Thursday morning during the early commute, but will be moving east by mid-morning. Conditions will be drier and cooler behind the front, only reach the low 70s Thursday afternoon.

High temps will remain in the low to mid 70s through the weekend, with partly to mostly sunny skies. The nice weather continues into the beginning of next week.

Pop-up T-Storms possible later today

Pop-up T-Storms possible later today

Look for a few clouds with the daytime heating. "Pop up" thunderstorms will break out after 3pm. The thunderstorms are not expected to be severe, but could produce brief gusty winds and lightning strikes.
Highs this afternoon will be in the mid 80s.

Wednesday will be similar, featuring late afternoon isolated showers and thunderstorms, but we will be watching a slow moving cold front that will bring more wide spread thunderstorms. The timing right now will be overnight Wednesday/early Thursday.