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EF1 tornado briefly touched down in Guyton Wednesday night
No injuries reported in connection with the storm
Power Crews on Pleasant Acres Road
Power crews arrived to Pleasant Acres Road in Guyton to repair downed power lines and poles on June 15. (Photo by Nichole Buchanan/Effingham Herald.)

By Barbara Augsdorfer, Editor for the Effingham Herald

Power Truck
Power crews repair downed power lines on Church Street in Guyton on June 15. (Photo by Sherrie Rippa/Effingham Herald.)
Wednesday night’s storm produced an EF1 tornado just after 7:30 in Guyton according to a report by National Weather Service. The tornado path was measured at just over seven miles. No injuries or deaths were reported in connection with the tornado.

Downed power line at Guyton Elementary
Tape marks off a downed power line and large tree in front of Guyton Elementary. (Photo by Barbara Augsdorfer/Effingham Herald.)
An EF1 tornado has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. An EF0 tornado was also reported in Brooklet just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14.

According to the National Weather Service, “Tornado damage began near the intersection of Newton Road and Old Louisville Road with several trees snapped and uprooted.”

The tornado was on the ground for approximately eight minutes moving southeast along Little McCall Road where it snapped and uprooted multiple trees and caused roof damage to a couple of homes, the weather service report continued. The twister lifted before reaching Courthouse Road where no damage was observed.

Tree on house
A downed tree narrowly missed the residents of this house in Guyton. (Photo by Nichole Buchanan/Effingham Herald.)
“Significant damage (was) caused by straight-line winds from the rear flank downdraft, where snapped and uprooted trees were observed,” the reported concluded.

“Guyton is a blessed community. Many of us now know the danger of a tornado firsthand, but thankfully there were no fatalities, only minor injuries, and limited property damage compared to what other communities have suffered,” said Guyton Mayor Russ Deen.

“Thank you to Chief (Clint) Hodges and Effingham Fire, Chief (James) Breletic and Guyton Police, Sheriff (Jimmy) McDuffie and Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Power, and Brandon Fulton, David Cook, and our entire EOM Public Works Team,” Deen continued. “Thanks to Southern Kafe for volunteering to feed our work crews. Thanks to all the citizens who have taken to the community to begin helping their neighbors. Guyton is blessed to have all of you and will be praying for your safety during this time.”

Damaged Roof on Little McCall
The storm tore the roof off this house on Little McCall Road. (Photo submitted by Christy Sanders/Effingham Herald.)