Tornado Hits Coweta County; Flood Warning Continues in Floyd County

Feb 25, 2019

The wet weather over the last week brought more than rain to the South. Record-setting rainfall was recorded in Alabama and Tennessee. In Georgia, a tornado touched down in Coweta County. Also, a flood warning remains in effect until further notice for the Coosa River near plant Hammond in Floyd County.

Early Monday morning, the flood stage was just under 579 feet, at which point major flooding begins upstream and downstream from the gage behind plant Hammond, according to Weather Underground.

Officials warn the access road near the intakes behind the plant will be under 6 feet of water and a small portion of an access road near and under the Georgia Highway 100 bridge will be under 9 feet of water.

Images of flooding the Floyd County city of Rome were posted to social media over the weekend.

The occupants of a Coweta County home barely made it out of the master bedroom before a large tree fell through the roof during an EF-1 tornado hit the area Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tornado damage path in Coweta County.
Credit National Weather Service

The warning via Wireless Emergency Alert came within a minute of the tornado's arrival, allowing them to escape the bedroom in their Gordon Oaks Subdivision home. 

The short-lived tornado came in with a line of thunderstorms that affected portions of west central Georgia. Hundreds of large oak, pine and pecan trees were snapped and uprooted at the intersection of Martin Mill Road and Tabby Linch Road, where a house and a barn were also damaged.

After downing more trees and powerlines, the tornado lifted along Moore Road.