COWETA COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The National Weather Service confirmed Georgia’s fourth tornado of the year touched down in Coweta County early Sunday morning.
The FOX 5 Storm Team was on the air bringing live, life-saving updates during the short-lived tornado just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday as the warning was issued.
"Got a little dicey Saturday night in Sunday morning and the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado that was down in Coweta County. That was early on Sunday morning," said FOX 5 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist David Chandley.
The tornado, which was on the ground for about six minutes, touched down near Martin Mill and Tabby Linch roads. It painted a 150-yard-wide path of destruction for a little more than two miles, traveling east-northeast.
Along Tabby Linch Road, hundreds of oak, pine, and pecan trees were snapped and uprooted by winds packing about 90 mph at its strongest point. A home also suffered minor roof damage and the metal roof of a barn was peeled away.
The tornado then moved into the Gordon Oaks subdivision, where more trees were snapped and uprooted. A home in 70 block of Gordon Oaks Way had a 100-foot-tall oak tree crashed through the room and into the master bedroom of a newly constructed home.
As the tornado continued east, it devoured trees and power lines, lifting several in the 1300 block of Moore Road.
Residents in the area are crediting emergency phone alerts for giving them the heads up, but only 45 seconds for some.
"Certainly a scary thing when you have a tornado early in the morning," said Chandley. "That's why you need the FOX 5 Storm Team app to bring you the warnings immediately, so you can run for safety, interior room of your home, basement, and so forth."
But that was enough as no one was injured by the tornado, officials said.
Several hundred people were without power Sunday, but most of those households have been restored as of Monday.