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Twiggs Co. storm damage likely caused by EF1 tornado
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Monday morning's severe weather destroyed a mobile home in Twiggs County.

Billy Boney, chief deputy for the sheriff's office, says winds picked up the full-sized trailer at 2473 Long Road and turned it sideways.

The National Weather Service gave the tornado a preliminary EF1 rating, saying "Based on photos and information provided by Twiggs County Sheriff's office of damage to a single-wide mobile home on Longstreet Rd, we have preliminarily rated the damage as EF1 with maximum winds of 105 mph."

"The mobile home appears to have been strapped to a platform, possibly a delivery platform, from which the tornado blew and rolled the home off of. Several trees also appear to have been downed or snapped. A barn across the street from the mobile home was also reported damaged. The mobile home was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported."

"The tornado hit approximately 9:57 am EST and was likely on the ground for 1-2 minutes. An end point was not determined and will be estimated based on photographs and ground surveys in the next few days."

The storm also damaged a shed, a fence, trees and other property on the site. He said the trailer was used only for storage.

No one was injured. Boney said there were people on the property in a different building that was not hit.

Owner Frank Freeman told 13WMAZ's Elise Brown that he and his wife Sue heard a loud roar, like a train going through. He went to look outside and said "Oh My God."

He says the trailer has been vacant for a couple of years. He says he has not seen anything like this in the 22 years he's lived there.

He says they are looking for an antique children's toy chest that was in the trailer, but other than that, there was nothing really valuable in it.

Freeman says he's lucky that it didn't come closer to his home.ID=19170757

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