NWS confirms EF3 tornado touched down in Spalding County Thursday

Cleanup underway in Griffin after powerful storms
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 6:07 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2023 at 10:58 AM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The National Weather Service is assessing the damage from severe storms that rolled through Thursday afternoon and evening across North Georgia.

By 5 a.m. Friday, NWS confirmed at least four tornadoes touched down in Troup, Meriwether, DeKalb, Spalding and Warren counties. They say, “that number will absolutely increase in the coming days as they analyze damage assessments and dispatch survey teams.”

A tornado that touched down north of Griffin was confirmed to be an EF3.

Friday afternoon, Troup County officials provided an update on ongoing response efforts in the community:

Thousands are still without power Friday morning across the state. Check outage numbers for all Georgia electric providers here. Check the Georgia Power Outage Map here.

The Red Cross has opened two shelters to provide emergency essentials and emotional support for families in need. The shelters are at First United Methodist Church at 1401 Maple St. in Griffin and Faith Baptist Church at 552 Hammett Road in LaGrange.

People in need of emergency assistance are asked to call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).