By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Official word has come down from the National Weather Service that it was straight line winds, not a tornado, that ravaged portions of Floyd and Polk counties Monday evening.
According to Floyd County Emergency Management Deputy Director Tim Herrington, 90- 100mph winds are responsible for the extensive damage storm victims are now trying to clean up.
“What we encountered yesterday was straight line winds, estimated between 90-100mph for the Highway 101 area of Silver Creek,” Herrington says. “Total damage assessment at this point is $572,600.”
Herrington says a picture of a funnel cloud looming above what was supposedly an area gas station has been floating around Facebook, but it was not taken in Floyd. Georgia Emergency Management, who first posted the picture, has since taken it off their page.