FORT STEWART, Ga. - An Army spokesman says a suspected tornado left a trail of damage at an Army post in southeast Georgia.
Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said a twister downed trees and damaged vehicles and some buildings Wednesday evening, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known. Larson said no injuries had been reported.
Just got the scare of my Life, Just watched a tornado touchdown right in front of me!!! #thankinggod Arthur Fedrick FitzgeraldPosted by Gaynar Fitzgerald on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The National Weather Service said there were reports of a tornado moving northeast at about 35 mph, and tornado warnings were issued for three counties west of Savannah.
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Fort Stewart is the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River. Much of its land area is uninhabited forestland.
Video of funnel cloud touching downPosted by Alex Pagel on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Storms moving across Georgia on Wednesday were part of a system reaching from the Gulf Coast nearly to the Great Lakes.
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Francisco Martinez posted video on his Facebook page of the tornado near Fort Stewart.
Officials at Fort Stewart released the following statement Wednesday evening:
"Fort Stewart emergency officials responded to a tornado that touched down here about 4:55 p.m. today.
"No injuries reported, but significant damage is reported across the installation. Initial assessment indicated that numerous vehicles were destroyed. Stewart officials report minimum to severe damage to, landscape, and power grid. Forty to fifty people were displaced from the housing areas and are being sheltered in Fort Stewart lodging.
"Currently, power has been restored to the installation, except for areas in the vicinity of Diamond Elementary School, the North Bryan Village housing area, and portions of the Eisenhower Terrace housing area.
"Fort Stewart Garrison has activated the Emergency Family Assistance center at Army Community Service, Building 87 and will remain open throughout the evening.
"The Directorates of Public Works and Emergency Services continue to clear roads and conduct damage assessments. People are encouraged to avoid areas with debris and downed power lines. ...
"Diamond Elementary School is the only school closed tomorrow. Expect all other normal installation operations and hours to resume in the morning."
Note: The above statement was edited to remove a phone number specific to those living on the base.