Robins AFB Hit as 4 Tornadoes Confirmed through Middle Georgia

Robins Air Force Base. (U. S. Air Force file photo by Sue Sapp)
Robins Air Force Base. (U. S. Air Force file photo by Sue Sapp)

Workers who sheltered in hangars Friday at Robins Air Force Base can now say they've survived a tornado. The National Weather Service confirmed late Wednesday that the Warner Robins tornado held together to hit the west side of the base near the Green Street Gate

Large sections of a maintenance building were sheared off and large branches were snapped in the twister.

After a review of new meteorological and physical data collected by the survey team, the new report shows the tornado touched down just north of Centerville at about 7:42 a.m. on April 1.

It snapped trees along Sentry Oaks Drive, strengthened and hit Napier Avenue, Fisher Street and Carter Circle as it briefly reached EF-1 intensity with maximum winds of 90 mph.

Tornadoes are rated by the Fujita scale that extends up to EF-5 with winds in excess of 200 mph.

The Warner Robins tornado crossed North Davis Drive and uprooted trees, including a large oak snapped at the intersection of Duke Avenue and North Sixth Street.

The latest review extends the official track to 4.9 miles before it lifted, or dissipated on base at 7:52 a.m.

In its review of the April Fools Day storm, the National Weather Service also confirmed that the severe weather cell spun up an additional weak tornado in Twiggs County.

The EF-0 tornado with 65 mph winds hit at 8:06 a.m. about a mile east-northeast of Bullard.

Several trees snapped in a line that ran 0.6 miles from near Bullard Road before dissipating in western Twiggs County.

In the review of the EF-1 Allentown tornado with winds of up to 95 mph, the NWS found it hit 2.5 miles southwest of Allentown and cut a 2.4 mile path in Twiggs and Wilkinson counties that ended a quarter-mile south of Allentown.

The twister damaged two double-wide manufactured homes before crossing Interstate 16, cutting a 300-yard swath of downed trees on both sides of the highway.

Additional damage was reported along Ga. 112 or Main Street in Allentown.

The outbreak of four tornadoes began as the ferocious line of severe weather kicked up at about 7 a.m. Friday morning in Taylor and Crawford Counties.

A weak EF-0 twister hit Taylor County 2.5 miles north of Reynolds at 7:03 a.m., and tracked 1.35 miles before ending three minutes later about 2.7 miles to the north-northeast of Reynolds.

The 300 yard path destroyed a small shed off Thomas Road and the damage path extended just into Crawford County.

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