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Latest recovery efforts in Bartow and Gordon Counties

Feb 01, 2013 -- 2:01pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

Recovery efforts continue in Gordon County as the hardest hit neighborhoods continue to be without power from an EF-3 tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes.

According to the National Weather Service, 268 structures were damaged in some capacity as a result of the tornado that packed maximum winds of 160 MPH. Thirty homes were completely destroyed and another 110 had major damage. Eight people were reported injured.

The twister crossed into Gordon County just east of Interstate 75 after leaving a path of destruction in Adairsville. Gordon County emergency responders and EMA officials have set up headquarters at Sonoraville High School, serving food to victims and volunteers on the ground. Volunteers and donations are still needed as the recovery effort continues into its second full day.

A number of the most needed items include toiletries and blankets. Any donations can be dropped off at the Emergency Operations Center at Sonoraville High School. A list of certain items needed for the storm ravaged area can be found online at

The scene of desolation in Adairsville is slowly starting to see some improvement as cleanup efforts continue from Wednesday’s EF-3 tornado.

The National Weather Service says the 160 MPH twister initially dropped just southwest of downtown Adairsville and made its way through the heart of the town, hugging the Highway 140 corridor before heading into Gordon County.

Initial findings indicate the tornado was as wide as 9 football fields and stayed on the ground from start to finish for nearly 22 miles. In Adairsville, 95 structures were damaged and almost half of those were completely destroyed.

One person was killed, that being 51-year-old Anthony Raines, and nine others were injured. Among the destroyed buildings, a downtown hotel, grocery store and large manufacturing plant near Interstate 75.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Adairsville Police, and Georgia State Patrol are patrolling the most heavily damaged areas and are not allowing any unauthorized persons to enter the ravaged areas. 

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