A Wednesday afternoon storm front spawned at least one tornado in the county but did little in the way of damage and caused no injuries, an emergency management official said.
A tornado that touched down near the Colquitt-Worth County line near Georgia Highway 133 made a path through a field, did slight damage to a barn and downed a power line, said Russell Moody, Colquitt County Emergency Management Agency director.
“We had one that was sighted on the ground just north of Doerun,” he said. “We (also) had reports of rotation clouds around the Okapilco school area. The system had some potential — it produced one tornado but had potential to produce others — so we were very fortunate.”
Due to the front’s arrival at around the time students are released ,Colquitt County School System kept them inside until the storm passed, Assistant Schools Superintendent Mickey Key said.
“We got a report that there were a couple of possible tornadoes that had touched down,” he said. “We immediately went into severe weather drills. We held them until we felt like it was safe.”
The National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Fla., had reports of a tornado at 2:20 p.m. near Doerun, said agency meteorologist Don Harrigan.
“We had a couple of witness reports of a very small, weak tornado that touched down,” he said. “There’s some trees down and debris. Whatever it was was pretty weak.”
There were other reports of cloud rotation along the front but not of additional tornadoes or damage, he said.