15 Years Since Hurricane-Spawned Sumter Tornado

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Updated: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:57:42 EST

This weekend marked 15 years since a strong tornado touched down in Sumter County.

Remnants of Hurricane Georges moved across southern Georgia on September 29th in 1998. The storm's sustained winds were well below tropical storm force but thunderstorms associated with Georges produced several tornadoes and wind damage.

Sumter county was hit especially hard. The first report of funnel clouds were reported around 4:20 p.m. that afternoon. The county was under a tornado watch for much of the day. A tornado warning was posted from 6:05 p.m. until 6:40 p.m.

Hundreds of trees were knocked down and at least 11 homes were destroyed. The trail of damage stretched from near DeSoto north to Andersonville.

22 people were injured. Fortunately, there were no deaths.

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