Tornado damaged Vidalia fire station, NWS confirms

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VIDALIA, Ga. (WSAV) – A brief tornado Sunday was the cause of significant damage to Fire Station No. 1 in Vidalia, the National Weather Service has confirmed.

Peak winds were around 75 mph, according to the NWS, placing the tornado at an EF0 rating.

Toombs County EMA Director Lynn Moore told WSAV News 3 the building is “unusable.” The station’s garage doors were blown in and some of the roof and siding were torn off of the building, according to the NWS.

There were three firefighters inside the station when the storm hit, but no one was injured. One of the station’s two fire trucks was slightly damaged, but is still operational, according to Moore.

He’s working with the fire chief to find a place to house the trucks and the three firefighters.

According to Moore, a home just a few hundred yards away sustained damage to its roof and several trees were knocked down. A small metal building on the property was damaged as well.

Moore says the homeowner was at home when he heard what sounded like a train coming. Everyone inside hid under the stairs. No one was injured.

Editor’s note: Original story posted Sunday, Jan. 2

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