WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in eastern Georgia during a series of severe thunderstorms earlier this week.
Meteorologists say the EF-1 tornado hit Burke County just after 9 p.m. Monday. Tornadoes range from EF-1 to EF-5 - which is the most severe.
The twister traveled eight miles and dissipated around 9:09 p.m. Steve Nalgic, a meteorologist based in Columbia, S.C., says officials recorded a peak wind speed of 97 mph. Nalgic says a separate downburst - strong wind gusts that blow directly downward - recorded a peak wind speed of 90 mph.
Nalgic says the tornado caused damage at several farms in the area and killed three cattle.
A second tornado - an EF-2 - was confirmed in Meriwether and Pike counties.