NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit south Bibb Co.

Weather Service explains what happened with Friday's storms

Without warning, severe weather tore through south Macon Friday night.

Trees were completely uprooted, a roof was completely torn off a home, and a fence was knocked down.

But, why was there no tornado warning? National Weather Service meteorologist Sid King explains.

"We didn't see anything too convincing on the radar, and we didn't want to get into a boy who cried wolf scenario by warning on things that we're not convinced of, so by the time we saw it, it had essentially lifted at that point,” said King.

However, King wants to assure people at home that they keep a watchful eye on Central Georgia from all angles.

"We usually use multiple radars for it, and we were looking at a couple of radars, one from the Warner Robins Air Force Base, and one from our office in Peachtree City," King said,"we were able to look at the low levels of the storm and the high levels of the storm, but we really weren't looking at anything convincing enough to put down a tornado warning."

King and Steven Nelson from the NWS surveyed the damage, and concluded an EF-1 Tornado ran through south Macon with wind speeds of about 105 mph.

King says the tornado was short lived, and traveled only about a quarter of a mile.

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